Scientists have cloned the first endangered species in the U.S., a black-footed ferret duplicated from the genes of an animal that died more than 30 years ago.
Elizabeth Ann was born December 10 and is being raised at a Fish and Wildlife facility in Fort Collins, Colorado. She’s a genetic copy of a ferret named Willa who died in 1988 and whose remains were frozen in the early days of DNA technology.
Elizabeth Ann is being raised at a Fish and Wildlife facility in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Cutting-edge science and a blast from the past! Meet Elizabeth Ann. She’s the first-ever cloned black-footed ferret, created from the frozen cells of a ferret that died more than 30 years ago: https://t.co/PJNo7NaFhV— US Fish and Wildlife (@USFWSMtnPrairie) February 18, 2021
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Scientists say cloning could eventually bring back extinct species such as the passenger pigeon.