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Cloned Wildcats Breed Successfully (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Aug, 22 2005 @ 03:08 PM
Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans has just announced that three cloned African wilcats have successfully produced 2 litters of kittens.
This is a significant breakthrough in the cloning process. So far all eight kittens appear to be healthy and energetic.

Aug. 22, 2005 — In a potential breakthrough for bioengineering, three cloned African wildcats living in the United States have produced two healthy litters of kittens, demonstrating for the first time that clones of wild animals can breed.

The successful experiment, unveiled by the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans over the weekend, appeared to open the way to bringing severely endangered species back from the brink of extinction, scientists said.

"The science which produced these beautiful kittens is nothing short of wondrous," commented Ron Forman, president of the Audubon Nature Institute. "We are thrilled to play a part in a scientific journey holding such enormous potential for the world's animals."

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I find this fantastic and extremely hopeful. If these kittens stay healthy and are able to reproduce themselves there is hope for a number of "near" extinct species.

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