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Endangered Species Could be Saved with Stem Cells | Care2 Healthy Living

Endangered Species Could be Saved with Stem Cells | Care2 Healthy Living

Some animal conservationists believe that stems cells from endangered animals could be preserved in a cell bank to prevent them from going extinct on the planet, though they might not exist in the wild any longer. Scientists at the San Diego Zoo have already collected samples from 800 species. Two of the samples are for a primate – a drill, and a northern white rhino. “Only when numbers get so low that the genetic contribution of every last animal (including those represented only in frozen cell lines) contributes measurably to the total species diversity – maybe around 10 individuals – would we want to do everything possible to ensure that those genes are transmitted to future generations,” said Robert Lacy, a research scientist from the Chicago Zoological Society. (Source: BBC ) There may be only seven northern white rhinos left on Earth, and they are all in captivity. T...

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