Cloning Endagered Species

The first successful animal cloning in the 1990s has opened doors for bioengineers in what concerns the potential to clone animals in order to preserve species for the other generations to come. Cloning in general is regarded as a highly controversial issue but it may be useful in providing specialists with opportunities they have only dreamed of until now. Read on and find out how animal cloning could be useful in preserving species that are endangered and could become extinct during several years.

Cloning endangered species is an idea that appeals to many scientists enthusiastic about reversing the effects that humans and nature have had on several species around the globe and which could lead to their extinction. One may think that animals cloning might be the solution to all the problems that come around when talking about endangered species, and yet there seems to be a quite strong opposition to this king of practice. Cloning endangered species is an issue for most conservation biologists and environmentalists mostly because they think this operation could deter donations to help preserve the natural habitat in which these wild species live. An unwritten rule in the world of animal conservation is that conserving the natural habitat in which these species live helps in preserving the species itself as it promotes reproduction. This in turn leads to the assumption that reproduction in captivity is therefore no longer needed to protect the species and this is why environmentalists and conservation biologists argue against cloning endangered species.

At the same time, there are several reasons to believe that cloning endangered species may not work in the first place. A specialist had published a review in 2006 where he was explaining that cloning in animal conservation is impossible and if it may happen it will do so only by chance.