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Dolly scientist to clone Scottish wildcats

By T.K. Randall
August 28, 2011 · Comment icon 5 comments

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Dr Bill Ritchie who helped clone Dolly the sheep is now working on cloning the rare Scottish wildcat.
Wildcats are thought to have a population as few as 400 left in the wild and cloning may be their last hope. Diseases, interbreeding with domestic animals and a loss of habitat are just some of the factors blamed on their decline in numbers.
A scientist who was involved in cloning Dolly the sheep 15 years ago has started work on a new technique to clone rare Scottish wildcats. Embryologist Dr Bill Ritchie said the project could help protect the species which is thought to number about 400 cats in the wild.


Source: BBC News | Comments (5)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by theGhost_and_theDarkness 13 years ago
I wonder if they will extend this technology to other endangered animals. . .
Comment icon #2 Posted by TheSpoonyOne 13 years ago
I wonder how easy it is to clone something for this guy? The way Dolly was written about, it always sounded like she was a fluke, but it can't be cheap to clone them can it?
Comment icon #3 Posted by TheSpoonyOne 13 years ago
I wonder how easy it is to clone something for this guy? The way Dolly was written about, it always sounded like she was a fluke, but it can't be cheap to clone them can it?
Comment icon #4 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx 13 years ago
The should try to create a neanderthal, always wanted to see one in person.
Comment icon #5 Posted by angi chiesa 13 years ago
Look around you there are thousands of neanderthal decendance around.


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