Dolly scientist to clone Scottish wildcats
August 28, 2011 | 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
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