Cloning for Near Extinct Animals

Cloning for Near Extinct Animals

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They include eight animals which are:  maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), the jaguar (Panthera onca) and the black lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysopygus), the bush dog (Speothos venaticus), coati (genus Nasua), collared anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla), gray brocket deer (Mazama gouazoubira) and bison (genus Bison).

Their goal is to contribute to conserve animals on the brink of extinction. The only problem with this is that they would not be thrown into the wild anymore because, “cloned specimens contain the exact same genes as the animals they were cloned from, “they do not have the genetic variability that would make it beneficial to release them in the wild,” Therefore, the want to increase the number of specimens for their own use at the zoo. They plan on starting the cloning process very soon.  Although we do know of others like the U.S. cloning animals as well, it will be the first time for Brazil. Once they get the legal authorization from the relevant agencies they will start the cloning process, but this is not something that should be taken very lightly because cloning has to be handled with care.

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