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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:37 PM

 

Scientists: We can revive extinct species

Lonesome George, the late reptile prince of the Galapagos Islands, may be dead, but scientists now say he may not be the last giant tortoise of his species after all.

Researchers say they may be able to resurrect the Pinta Island subspecies by launching a cross-breeding program with 17 other tortoises found to contain genetic material similar to that of Lonesome George, who died June 24 at the Pacific Ocean archipelago off Ecuador's coast after repeated failed efforts to reproduce.

Edwin Naula, director of the Galapagos National Park, said in a telephone interview on Thursday that the probability is high it can be accomplished.

"It would be the first time that a species was recovered after having been declared extinct," Naula said.

But it won't happen overnight. "This is going to take about 100 to 150 years," Naula added...

http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-galapagos-tortoise-revived-210419762.html

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:40 PM

1. How depressing. Do you realize what this means?

After the last Republican dies off, some asshole will probably resurrect them.

Republicans.
Smallpox microbes.

Some things are better just left dead.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:00 PM

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:39 PM

3. On a serious note: It won't do much good to resurrect a species if it's habitat has

 

been destroyed by development. Species, flora or fauna, have specific ecological requirements.

"They're killing off all of the animals too;
The only ones left are the ones in the zoo"....The Kinks

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:42 PM

4. Jurassic Park. nt.

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