Ibex And The Frog Essay

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Caleb Heathershaw
Dr. Aresco
15 November 2017
The Ibex and the Frog: Cloning to Save Species
Species are going extinct every day. Although new species are being discovered, losing the old ones has consequences. One method scientists are considering to keep species alive is a process called cloning. There are many misconceptions about cloning, and this paper will seek to clear up the reality of cloning extinct and endangered species. Now, we’re not going to see any dinosaurs roaming around soon, but we may help declining species bounce back. There are two controversies at the center of de-extinctive cloning: can we clone, and should we clone. Both have their own public misconceptions, but the scientific advances are great, and cloning
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Well actually, cloning has successfully briefly revived one extinct species: the Bucardo. The Bucardo is a species of Pyrenean Ibex that went extinct in 1996. Celia, the last living bucardo was crushed by a tree. Immediately, scientists from France and Spain leapt in to collect some cells. These cells were nurtured and grown inside labs. Then, they did somatic cell nuclear transfer. They extracted the nuclei from the Bucardo cells, and implanted them into goat eggs. After implanting the 57 embryos in 41 mother goats, only one mother carried a clone of Celia to term. The scientists preformed a caesarean section, and brought the bucardo into the world. The first de-extinction in history. It didn’t last long. After 7 minutes, the lungs of the newborn died, leaving the bucardos extinct again. For seven whole minutes, the bucardo was no longer extinct. This took place in 2003. One decade later, the technology has drastically improved. I suspect we may be close to reviving some more recently extinct …show more content…
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