A unique species of extinct frog that gives birth through its mouth may soon be rising from the dead.
In a remarkable experiment, scientists have succeeded in creating live embryos of the extinct gastric-brooding frog which died out in 1983. The appropriately named Lazarus project combined preserved genetic material from the extinct species and inserted it in to donor eggs from a live frog. The resulting embryos managed to live for up to three days, a huge step forward in the process of bringing an extinct species back to life.
"This is the first time this technique has been achieved for an extinct species," said biologist Michael Mahony. The accomplishment isn't quite Jurassic Park but it is a crucial step forward in the process of de-extinction. "We do expect to get this guy hopping again," said team leader Professor Mike Archer.
"In what may be considered an early Easter miracle, an extinct species of native frog has begun its rise from the dead."
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Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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