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Posted Mon Sep 5 2011: from BBC:
Endangered species set for stem cell rescue
In a novel marriage of conservation and modern biology, scientists have created stem cells from two endangered species, which could help ensure their survival. The northern white rhino is one of the most endangered animals on Earth, while the drill - a west African monkey - is threatened by habitat loss and hunting. The scientists report in Nature Methods that their stem cells could be made to turn into different types of body cell. If they could turn into eggs and sperm, "test-tube babies" could be created.... "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. "Tragically, northern white rhinos have undergone just such a decimation."
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'Doc Michael says:
I hear there's big money in test-tube rhino horns. Not so much the animal itself.

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