Tag Archives: DNA

De-extinction: could technology save nature? | OUPblog

… have been declaring that the woolly rhino — last seen, oh, 10,000 years or so ago — could soon not be extinct. Along with a small but growing host of recently expired species, it might undergo “de-extinction”: we could sequence and then synthesize its genome, and then use the genome to synthesize the animals themselves. The work requires a combination of genetic and reproductive technologies. One route would be to extract DNA from a reasonably well-preserved specimen of the ancient …

Woolly Mammoths Wiped Out by Grass Invasion?

… Mammoth Blood Revive Extinct Species?”) The new DNA analysis of Arctic vegetation over the past 50,000 years, published in Nature by a team led by Eske Willerslev of the University of Copenhagen, offers a new wrinkle on the climate-warming theory: The great beasts vanished because they weren’t getting enough of the right food. via Woolly Mammoths Wiped Out by Grass Invasion?. …

New Tapir Species Discovered in the Amazon | Environment News Service

… current issue of the “Journal of Mammalogy” reports on this discovery. Using the largest geographic sample to date of a related species, the authors provide physical and DNA evidence to support their proposal that the tapirs be classified as a new species, Tapirus kabomani. Camera trap photo of a pair of Kobomani tapirs. The animal on the left is a female and on the right is a male. (Photo by study co-author Fabrício R. Santos) To determine the uniqueness of  T. kabomani, the authors …

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