Scientists Have Successfully Cloned The First Endangered U.S. Species
Provided By - Video Elephant on February 23, 2021
Scientists have cloned the first endangered U.S. species using the genes of an animal that died over 30 years ago.
The scientists recently announced that they had cloned a black-footed ferret called Elizabeth Ann on December 10.
Elizabeth Ann was born at a black-footed ferret breeding facility in Fort Collins, Colorado.
She is a genetic copy of a ferret named Willa, who died in 1998 and was frozen for preservation.
Scientists are hoping that cloning will eventually be able to bring back animals from extinction.
To see her now thriving ushers in a new era for her species and for conservation-dependent species everywhere, Ryan Phelan, Revive & Restore Executive Director.
USFWS says that Elizabeth Ann is still in the early stages of life, and researchers will need to closely monitor her.