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Black-footed ferret:

Relevance: Environment

Context: scientists have successfully cloned the black-footed ferret.

About Cloning:

  • Cloning is the process of taking genetic information from one living thing and creating identical copies of it. The copied material is called a clone. Geneticists have cloned cells, tissues, genes and entire animals. 
  • There are three different types of cloning, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute(NHGRI):
  • Gene cloning, also called DNA cloning, creates copies of genes, or segments of DNA.
  • Reproductive cloning makes duplicates of whole animals.
  • Therapeutic cloning creates embryonic stem cells, which are used to create tissues that can repair or replace damaged tissues.

What’s the news?

  • US scientists have successfully cloned an endangered black-footed ferret using frozen cells from a long-dead wild animal, the first time any native endangered species has been cloned in the United States.
  • Black-footed ferret recovery efforts aimed at increased genetic diversity and disease resistance.

 

About black-footed ferret:

  • It is native to central North America.
  • IUNCN Status:

 


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