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Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« on: March 16, 2013, 04:52:51 pm »
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At yesterday's TEDxDeExtinction event, University of New South Wales paleontologist Michael Archer announced the advance by the so-called Lazarus project. The bizarre gastric-brooding frog, the female of which incubated the prejuvenile stages of its offspring in its stomach, disappeared from the wild in 1979 and went extinct a few years later. However, Adelaide frog researcher Mike Tyler froze specimens of the frog prior to its extinction, leaving the door open for the species' possible resurrection.

Scientists extracted DNA from a frozen frog specimen, and employed somatic-cell nuclear transfer, the same process used to clone still-living animals. The team took eggs from the distantly related great barred frog, deactivated that frog's DNA with UV light, and inserted the gastric-brooding frog's DNA into the eggs. The cells inside the eggs began dividing, becoming blastulas. The embryos died after a few days, long before developing into tadpoles, but DNA tests confirmed that they were gastric-brooding frog embryos, and Archer says they have high hopes for seeing this frog up and hopping soon.

http://io9.com/for-the-first-time-scientists-have-grown-the-embryos-o-454120290

This is so cool.

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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013, 04:56:36 pm »
Awesome ^_^

Perhaps one day we can shoot for the Dodo...

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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2013, 07:45:54 pm »
I'm still hoping for a mammoth.
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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2013, 10:21:04 pm »
...They named it the Lazarus project...now I want to play Mass Effect 2 again.

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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2013, 12:45:00 am »
...They named it the Lazarus project...now I want to play Mass Effect 2 again.
And now I'm thinking of the Lazarus Pit.

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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2013, 12:47:34 am »
...They named it the Lazarus project...now I want to play Mass Effect 2 again.

That was the first thing I thought of too, lol.
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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2013, 03:00:59 am »
...They named it the Lazarus project...now I want to play Mass Effect 2 again.
And now I'm thinking of the Lazarus Pit.

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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2013, 03:30:52 am »
You are forgetting guys the best dead animal 

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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2013, 03:41:48 am »
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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2013, 04:37:38 am »
...Assuming the DNA of a neanderthal was available, would they be able to grow one in a human or something?  :o
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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2013, 05:11:18 am »
Yes, Indikins, assuming certain issues with the technology are solved.  I suspect they will.

They're still a ways away from bringing back a species.  These embryos all died after a few days.  But it's a tremendous step forward, and they believe that the problems they've encountered are solvable.  And if anyone would know, it's them.
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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2013, 05:25:53 am »
You are forgetting guys the best dead animal 

Allosaurus is actually my favorite animal, but as no dinosaur DNA has ever been found (or is likely to be found) I doubt there's any way to bring one back to life.
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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2013, 03:13:50 pm »
Allosaurus is actually my favorite animal, but as no dinosaur DNA has ever been found (or is likely to be found) I doubt there's any way to bring one back to life.

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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2013, 03:48:56 pm »
Allosaurus is actually my favorite animal, but as no dinosaur DNA has ever been found (or is likely to be found) I doubt there's any way to bring one back to life.

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Re: Scientists have grown the embryos of a extinct species
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2013, 03:59:41 pm »
Allosaurus is actually my favorite animal, but as no dinosaur DNA has ever been found (or is likely to be found) I doubt there's any way to bring one back to life.

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