Australian scientists want to revive the extinct marsupial wolf

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists from the University of Melbourne spoke about their plans to revive the Tasmanian marsupial wolf (thylacine), which died out at the beginning of the 20th century.

To do this, Australian specialists, together with the American biotechnology company Colossal Biosciences, are going to use CRISPR genome editing technology.

Scientists have expressed confidence that in 10 years they will be able to create the first living thylacine baby.

It is specified that Colossal Biosciences should provide a grant of $10 million. After that, an international team of 50 Australian and American scientists will be able to start work on the project.

Recall that back in 1999, the National Australian Museum in Sydney announced the start of a program to clone the marsupial wolf.

At the disposal of biologists there are alcoholized puppies of this animal. DNA was extracted from them, but the samples were damaged and unusable.

The second thylacine revival project started in 2008. The researchers inserted DNA fragments from a marsupial wolf into a mouse embryo. This helped them observe how genes work.


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