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Scientists clone extinct ibex back to life

By T.K. Randall
February 2, 2009 · Comment icon 40 comments

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For the first time scientists have succeeded in bringing an extinct species back to life through cloning. The newborn Pyrenean ibex, a species which was declared extinct back in 2000, sadly died shortly after birth from a lung defect.
An extinct animal has been brought back to life for the first time after being cloned from frozen tissue. The Pyrenean ibex, a form of wild mountain goat, was officially declared extinct in 2000 when the last-known animal of its kind was found dead in northern Spain. Shortly before its death, scientists preserved skin samples of the goat, a subspecies of the Spanish ibex that live in mountain ranges across the country, in liquid nitrogen."


Source: The Telegraph | Comments (40)




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Comment icon #31 Posted by fenris1011 16 years ago
Ooooo exciting! Bring on the woolly mammoths!
Comment icon #32 Posted by PaperMoon 16 years ago
This is some scary stuff!! Jurassic Park is on it's way!
Comment icon #33 Posted by Undeadskeptic 16 years ago
Mammoths and Moa, I wanna see those guys soon. But oh noes, global recession? Will we still have the money?
Comment icon #34 Posted by Mistydawn 16 years ago
I was trying to answer (question?) your immortality premise. I'm not sure that cloning is actually more a form of immortality than simply having your own children, after all they do 'carry' our familial genes on. Agree totally with your question comment, it is the only way that the human race moves forwards, we so often repeat the mistakes of the past because we get stuck in 'stand still' mode as its the easy option. Thats a beautiful forest picture you've got there, you can 'feel' the peace. Suppose it has something to do with being an 'intelligent' species Man, I mean (ha ha!!!) but if we di... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by clubfoot 16 years ago
Suppose it has something to do with being an 'intelligent' species Man, I mean (ha ha!!!) but if we didn't advance scientce we would probably all still live in caves. My signature is courtesy of the Great and Magical magician himself, Mr Hissie Sola, aka Scorpion!! It is BEAUTIFUL!! I support technology also, I just think that we've fallen somewhat 'off the rails' when it comes to the spirituality (not religion) side of the equation, 'balance' is what its all about, I think? Mr. Scorpion
Comment icon #36 Posted by Mistydawn 16 years ago
I support technology also, I just think that we've fallen somewhat 'off the rails' when it comes to the spirituality (not religion) side of the equation, 'balance' is what its all about, I think? Mr. Scorpion Agreed! But then, were we ever "on the rails?!"
Comment icon #37 Posted by clubfoot 16 years ago
Agreed! But then, were we ever "on the rails?!" Showoff! Good question though. I suspect that at some time in prehistory we were much closer to the sprituality side but without the technology. There is a suggestion that some carved tortoise-shells found in China dating back approximately 6,000 years may, in fact, be the first written language. The first archaic homo sapien was thought to have evolved somewhere between 400,000 to 250,000 years ago. Thats an awful long time to forget a lot of wisdom, especially when it could only be passed down verbally through myth. In terms of me being "on the... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by Mistydawn 16 years ago
Showoff! Good question though. I suspect that at some time in prehistory we were much closer to the sprituality side but without the technology. There is a suggestion that some carved tortoise-shells found in China dating back approximately 6,000 years may, in fact, be the first written language. The first archaic homo sapien was thought to have evolved somewhere between 400,000 to 250,000 years ago. Thats an awful long time to forget a lot of wisdom, especially when it could only be passed down verbally through myth. In terms of me being "on the rails", never. But I can help you! Just expand ... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by clubfoot 16 years ago
Wisdom eh? carving on tortoise shells.. poor tortoises! not like they could get away in a hurry!! I don't know about that? That little guy in your photo is certainly moving, I don't know if I could catch him? Maybe they set Chinese tortoise snares?
Comment icon #40 Posted by Mistydawn 16 years ago
I don't know about that? That little guy in your photo is certainly moving, I don't know if I could catch him? Maybe they set Chinese tortoise snares? Well, if they do, I hope they are big enough to catch bad men!!! You are BAD!!


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