New technique may help breed endangered species

02/2/2012 | Age (Melbourne, Australia), The

Australian researchers have created pluripotent stem cells, cells that differentiate into any type of body cell, from the ear tissue of endangered snow leopards. Similar processes have already been successful in mice and the northern white rhinoceros, though this is the first such success among felines. The research may lead to embryonic stem cell fertilization for endangered species, which introduces greater genetic variation.

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