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Essay: When "Ghost" Species Return from Extinction

"But two and a half years ago, a team of scientists at the Australian Museum in Sydney mapped out an audacious plan to remove tissue from a thylacine baby pickled in alcohol in 1866, sequence its DNA, reassemble its genetic blueprint in artificial chromosomes, and ultimately clone a live thylacine."

I don't see how this would reestablish the thylacine species, though. There would be no genetic variability in the population if they're all cloned from the same pickled baby. Lions are already having that problem, but they can't artificially inseminate a thylacine.


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