posted on Apr, 8 2003 @ 05:05 PM
In 1866, a female Tasmanian Tiger fetus was preserved in ethanol (alcohol) rather than the common solution of formalin. More than a century later that
method of preservation provided the crucial linchpin in efforts to clone the species back into existence, after the last known Tasmanian Tiger died in
Tasmania's Hobart Zoo on September 7, 1936.
In 1999, Professor Mike Archer, Director of the Australian Museum, discovered that the alcohol solution preserved intact DNA in the specimen"s
organs, muscle and bone marrow tissue. He immediately began to explore the possibility of cloning the species, starting the long, and ongoing, process
of turning what had previously been Jurassic Park-style science fiction into concrete science fact.
'We were told by so many people in the scientific community that it was near to impossible to clone an extinct species," says Professor Archer.
'But now the dream is starting to become a reality. We"re not there yet, but we have achieved a significant breakthrough by confirming the existence
of Tasmanian Tiger DNA and sequencing."
So what do you all think? Is this a possibility? Do you think its a good idea? Any opinions welcomed.