05 Sep '11, 9am

Stem Cells May One Day Revive Species From Extinction

Stem Cells May One Day Revive Species From Extinction

As medical research continues to shed light on the potentially revolutionary breakthroughs that stem cells could one day make in treating injuries and diseases in human patients, scientists have begun to realize the potential impact they could have on other animals as well. Along with being used to treat conditions such as infertility and diabetes in non-human species, researches believe that they may actually allow for the revival of extinct animals in the not-too-distant future. With that in mind, scientists from Scripps are collecting these undefined cells to create what they're calling a 'stem cell zoo', made up of material from the planet's most precarious creatures. According to LiveScience , stem cells from two critically endangered species, a drill primate and white rhino from the San Diego Zoo, have already been gathered: Both animals, the researchers said, were c...

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