Scientists Want to Bring Extinct Tasmanian Tiger Back to Life After 90 Years | Sciences
Many millions are spent on research. But other researchers are skeptical and talk about science fiction. Professor Jeremy Austin of the Australian Center for Ancient DNA Specimens disagrees Sydney Morning Herald To suspect that researchers mainly want media attention.
The Tasmanian tiger was a relatively small predator and the dominant species on the Australian island of Tasmania. Elsewhere, tigers were often chased away by dingoes. The population of the marsupial wolf, another name for the Tasmanian tiger, also declined sharply as people hunted the animal to protect their livestock.
The Tasmanian tiger has not been seen in the wild since the 1930s. In 1936, the last animal in an Australian zoo died.
This will be the first time that scientists have used advanced technology to bring back an extinct animal. But it is not the first time this has been attempted with the Tasmanian tiger.
For example, at the turn of the century, Australian researchers wanted to “clone” the animal again by injecting ancient DNA into other animals.
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