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RNA has been recovered from an extinct species for the first time - Tasmanian tiger


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A new study shows the isolation and sequencing of more than a century-old RNA molecules from a Tasmanian tiger specimen preserved at room temperature in a museum collection. This resulted in the reconstruction of skin and skeletal muscle transcriptomes from an extinct species for the first time.

The researchers note that their findings have relevant implications for international efforts to resurrect extinct species, including both the Tasmanian tiger and the wooly mammoth, as well as for studying pandemic RNA viruses.

https://phys.org/news/2023-09-rna-recovered-extinct-species.html

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I am puzzled by the, um, ethical resistance to resurrect extinct animals, candidates being those which we surely assisted wiping out.

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8 hours ago, Cho Jinn said:

I am puzzled by the, um, ethical resistance to resurrect extinct animals, candidates being those which we surely assisted wiping out.

I agree.   I am all for it.   

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