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Cloning Animals is Latest Weapon to Fight Wildlife Extinction

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Cloning Animals is Latest Weapon to Fight Wildlife Extinction

With more and more wild animals disappearing in Brazil, scientists there have come up with a new tool to bring back dozens of dying species that could become extinct: cloning.

The scientists at Brazil’s Embrapa agriculture research agency said this week they have spent two years building a gene library with hundreds of samples from eight native species, including the collared anteater, the bush dog, the black lion tamarin, the coati, and deer and bison varieties, as well as the jaguar and the maned wolf.

While still in its early stages, with the birth of a clone likely years away, the project represents Brazilian scientists’ first foray into the cloning of wild animals, said team leader Carlos Frederico Martins.

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