Cloning Extinct Species

Cloning is one of the most exciting developments of bioengineering as it allows specialists to create organisms as never would have envisaged before, or it allows them to be the greatest scientists ever. However, regardless of all the controversy that exists around cloning the truth is that this technological advancement could be used for the benefit of individuals and humanity as a whole and there are several ways in which to do this. Here one can learn more about the possibility to revive extinct species of animals with the help of animal cloning.

Cloning animals is a dream came true for many specialists and which succeeded for the first time in the 1990s with the well known Dolly the sheep cloning. This was only the proof that animal cloning can be potentially used in the reconstruction of function DNA from extinct species and thus the potential proof that a daydream of many scientists could come true. One has certainly heard about the potential implications of cloning extinct species and one of the best examples is Jurassic Park, the movie which dramatized the whole issue. Yet, in real life scientists have not attempted to revive the dinosaurs but they did so in the case of the Woolly Mammoth. These attempts never succeeded however since extracting DNA from frozen organism was highly unsuccessful. Other such attempts, more or less successful took place in 2001 when a cow gave birth to a gaur, endangered Asian species but which died within few days. Moreover, a bateng had been cloned in 2003 as well as three African wildcats and these have given scientists hope that they might revive extinct species as well.

In 2002, geneticists from an Australian museum had attempted to cloning extinct species, specifically the Tasmanian tiger, a species that had been extinct for about 65 previous years. After 3 years later however the museum announced stopping the procedures as the DNA was visibly degraded to an extent it could not be successfully used in cloning extinct species.