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Thylacine DNA revived

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It is a start. What makes Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) different to other preserved tissue is that a chunk was preserved in ethanol, instead of the more commonly used formalin. Formalin destroys DNA while ethanol preserves it. This permits DNA reactivation.

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Very interesting and contemporary research. However, at the end of the day, we still have gene banks of short DNA sequences from extinct species. I cannot see there being enough intact DNA to restore dinosaur samples, for example. In this case it was a short enhancer sequence.

 

However, is there a possibility of extracting enough mammoth DNA to restore mammoths by somatic cell nuclear transfer using elephant ova?

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