24 Feb '15, 10pm

Scientists Produce Fake Rhino Horn to Stop Poaching

Scientists Produce Fake Rhino Horn to Stop Poaching 0 Tweet by Natalia Lima February 24, 2015 Categories: Animals , Causes , Science . As the rhino population continues to dwindle around the world, scientists are thinking outside the box about how to save the endangered animals. The newest approach: to produce fake rhino horns and rhino horn powder. “We want to produce horns in volume and create a system whereby it doesn’t make sense, economically, to poach … the product is better than the original — that is the long-term goal,” explained Matthew Markus, a biologist and CEO of Pembient, the Seattle-based biotechnology startup behind the project. So far the company has made a series of batches of rhino horn powder that are completely rhino-free and even brought the product to Vietnam, one of the biggest centers for users of rhino horn powder, to do a little market research....

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