Can we use cloning technology to save endangered species?

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Can we use cloning technology to save endangered species?

Post by cyberpostdoc » Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:44 pm

Just saw on the news that Bald Eagle Nears End of Life on Endangered List (
http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=0320004S9DLS)

Just wondering, can we using cloning technology to save endangered species?

The only problem I can see is that if clones are more vulnerble to bad mutations, it could potentially contaminate the species.

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Post by mith » Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:46 pm

why bother cloning? why not just get their dna sequence and store it in a library somewhere? Maybe in the future if people want to see it again, they can clone it.

They're doing something similar with seeds
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Post by JacobK » Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:21 am

With plants, they're actually storing the seeds:

OSLO, Norway - Using its natural environment as a freezer of sorts, Norway has announced it will create a seed bank on a remote Arctic island that aims to preserve the genetic diversity on the planet.

The Arctic seed bank, to open next year on the Svalbard Islands, is intended to protect the genetic materials of critical world food crops from such threats as plant epidemics, climate change, war and natural disasters, a foreign ministry news release said.


Full article:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8344613

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Post by baikuza » Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:39 am

of course we can do it. in a news i read long long ...time ago.. cloning was used to safe endangered species. like .. mm.. i forget the name.. but it seem like a bison..(?)

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Post by Dr.Stein » Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:02 am

Sure, we can. Cheetah is one of the projects.
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Post by victor » Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:45 am

I hope Serengeti is still in good condition when the cheetah cloning project is successful
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Post by Dr.Stein » Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:28 am

I hope so. They need a natural habitat. That's a dilema. The habitat is good but cheetah numbers is low. We tries to keep them in good number, I hope the habitat still able to support their life by then.

I am still feeling blue why cheetah reproduction cannot be successful as their relatives :(
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Post by baikuza » Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:11 am

We tries to keep them in good number, I hope the habitat still able to support their life by then.


did you mean "they"?

i do not know that our lab. has this project-we are in tropic area. so...

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Post by Dr.Stein » Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:40 am

baikuza wrote:
We tries to keep them in good number, I hope the habitat still able to support their life by then.


did you mean "they"?

i do not know that our lab. has this project-we are in tropic area. so...

It refers to cheetah ;)
Our lab? :roll: :?
As far as I know, both Asian and African cheetah occupy tropical area, they live in savannah. Serengeti National park is in Tanzania, it is a tropical country, right?
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Post by baikuza » Sat Feb 25, 2006 1:18 pm

i mean our university does not working on cheetah.
so i think you should say "they" not "we"

We tries to keep them in good number


get it know?
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if you are said about asian people who effort to do this, pls.. do not use "we".... if you do not participate on it, also.
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