Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Could this long-gone tiger pup bring back the Tasmanian tiger?

It might seem like a fanciful idea, but an Australian professor has spent more than a decade trying to clone the Tasmanian tiger. Using DNA recovered from a tiger pup that was found in a dusty specimen jar, Prof. Mike Archer of the University of NSW is confident that one day he will be ''patting a thylacine''. The work has attracted world-wide publicity but so far has only cleared the starting blocks with many thylacine researchers believing the funding could be better spent on preserving animals that may still be in the wild. For more information on Mike Archer's cloning plans: http://www.smh.com.au/national/waking-the-dead-20130617-2ocz4.html