Telegraph UK is reporting that scientists have succeeded in using cloning technology to resurrect an extinct animal. Shortly before the Pyrenean Ibex or Bucardo was offically declared extinct in 2000, scientests preserved skin samples of the goat using liquid nitrogen. From that DNA, they were then able to replace missing genetic material with that of domestic goats and actually clone a female Ibex.
Sadly, the newborn ibex kid died shortly after birth due to physical defects in its lungs. Other cloned animals, including sheep, have been born with similar lung defects.
But the breakthrough has raised hopes that it will be possible to save endangered and newly extinct species by resurrecting them from frozen tissue.
It has also increased the possibility that it will one day be possible to reproduce long-dead species such as woolly mammoths and even dinosaurs.
Uh…is anybody else a little freaked out by this? Seriously, WTF?! The hypothetical (but thoroughly probable) powers of film magic have already shown us what happens when the dinosaurs and the people get to mingling. I understand the ‘ooh and ahh’ factor of seeing a real live dinosaur, but lets face it – people fuck things up. We would never stick to just the “nice” dinosaurs, soon there’d be rogue Velociraptors, and pissed off T-Rexs wandering the jungles of South America eating villagers.
I don’t know what kills dinosaurs, but I’m getting myself a flame thrower and building a safe zone surrounded by half full water glasses.