Using DNA taken from these skin samples, the scientists were able to replace the genetic material in eggs from domestic goats, to clone a female Pyrenean ibex, or bucardo as they are known.
It is the first time an extinct animal has been cloned.
What was the first extinct animal?
An extinct animal has been resurrected by cloning for the first time—though the clone died minutes after birth. Findings revealed January 23 in the journal Theriogenology describe the use of frozen skin in 2003 to clone a bucardo, or Pyrenean ibex, a subspecies of Spanish ibex that went extinct in 2000.
What animals have been cloned successfully?
Besides cattle and sheep, other mammals that have been cloned from somatic cells include: cat, deer, dog, horse, mule, ox, rabbit and rat. In addition, a rhesus monkey has been cloned by embryo splitting.
Can cloning bring back extinct animals?
Cloning is the method discussed as an option for bringing back extinct species. This can be done by extracting the nucleus from a preserved cell from the extinct species and swapping it into an egg of the nearest living relative. This means that it is most feasible for recently extinct species.
What animals have been cloned since Dolly the sheep?
Here are eight of the mammals that have been cloned in this manner since Dolly:
- Pigs. Stock photo of piglets.
- Deer. Dewey, a cloned a white-tailed deer, was born to “Sweet Pea” a surrogate mother, on May 23, 2003.
- Dogs. This is Snuppy, the first cloned dog.
- Mice. Stock photo of a mouse.
- Wild goats.