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Frozen Felines - Cloning as a Species Conservation Tool

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:53 pm    Post subject: Frozen Felines - Cloning as a Species Conservation Tool Reply with quote
Frozen Felines - Cloning as a Species Conservation Tool

A few days ago, I stumbled upon a video detailing research being done in connection with the preservation of South America's wild felines, utilizing cloning technology. Today, I decided to go on a little cyber-safari. According to the below article regarding the subject of using cloning for species preservation -- various zoos are exploring this option, in additon to other "cloning-related" applications such as in vitro fertilization and other related techniques. It appears that this option is being explored in different places throughout the world! Shocked

Social Benefits: Endangered Species
(source: Genetic Savings&Clone Inc. website, 2006)
http://www.savingsandclone.com/benefits/endangered.html
"Every day, approximately 100 living species disappear due to hunting, poaching, competition between humans and other animals for scarce resources, and, most of all, loss of habitat. With the advent of cloning, wildlife conservationists have a new tool in their efforts to protect endangered species from extinction. Cloning is the new last line of defense for these animals, after habitat preservation, poaching control, and captive breeding."

San Diego Zoo - Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species (CRES)
"The Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species (CRES) at the San Diego Zoo has been developing a "Frozen Zoo" of viable cell samples since 1976 that now includes more than 350 species and sub-species. In April 2003, cells stored at this Frozen Zoo were used to produce a pair of cloned Javan bantengs (Bos javanicus, a rare cattle-like species)."

Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans
"The Center’s research is showing how cryopreserved biological materials can be transported around the world for use in the reproduction of endangered species. In November 1999, the Center produced the world's first interspecies transfer using an embryo that had been frozen and thawed. "Cayenne," a domestic house cat, gave birth to "Jazz," an African wildcat (Felis silvestris)."

Thai Government:
"The Thai government has funded research at the Suranaree University of Technology for the cloning of two vulnerable species, the marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata) and the serow (Capricornis sumatraensis). Cells for this research come from members of those species housed in state zoos. The project will run for five years and, if successful, will be extended to other species."

South America - South American Cats Become Part of Gene Bank
(12/2005 Reuters)
http://www.rootv.com/?frdir=2&rdir=1&channel=Science&clipId=67462

Read more on the Conservation Status of Wild Felines:
Arrow Species Survival Plan® Program (IUCN/SSC) & Red List of Threatened Species

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