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Jurassic Park Reality: Extinct Ibex Resurrected by Cloning

January 6, 2010

From an article in The Daily Telegraph:

Using DNA taken from … skin samples [preserved in liquid nitrogen], 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.

Young Spanish ibex (Capra pyrenaica), Sierra de Gredos, Spain  Photo: Jose Luis GOMEZ de FRANCISCO/naturepl.com

Young Spanish ibex (Capra pyrenaica), Sierra de Gredos, Spain Photo: Jose Luis GOMEZ de FRANCISCO/naturepl.com

Just seven of the embryos resulted in pregnancies and only one of the goats finally gave birth to a female bucardo, which died a seven minutes later due to breathing difficulties, perhaps due to flaws in the DNA used to create the clone.