Jurassic Park gets (a bit more) plausible

May 19, 2008 at 11:17 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Functioning gene of extinct animal gives hope for studying long-lost species.
clipped from www.nature.com
The extinct Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus ) has been resurrected — or at least part of its DNA has — in a mouse.

tasmanian tiger
The last Tasmanian tiger died in an Australian zoo in 1936.PLoS
Typically of Australia’s weird and wonderful animals, the Tasmanian tiger, also called the thylacine, wasn’t actually a tiger. It looked like a dog, but was in fact a marsupial, complete with a pouch for rearing its young.

By resurrecting part of its genetic sequence in a mouse, researchers have found a way to study how the species evolved, in the hope of learning its place in the tree of life. The technique could also be applied to other extinct animals.

This is the first time DNA from an extinct animal has been shown to perform its intended function in a living animal.
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