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Scientists Successfully Cloned an Endangered Species for the First Time - Welcome Elizabeth Ann

American scientists have successfully cloned an endangered species for the first time, a remarkable achievement that will boost conservation efforts in the US.

US Fish and Wildlife: "Black-footed ferret recovery efforts aimed at increased genetic diversity and disease resistance took a bold step forward Dec. 10, 2020, with the birth of “Elizabeth Ann,” created from the frozen cells of “Willa,” a black-footed ferret that lived more than 30 years ago."

Elizabeth Ann was born to a surrogate mother and is being cared for at the National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center in Fort Collins, Colo. Scientists say a genomic study showed Willa’s genome possessed three times more unique variations than the population living in the wild. So if Elizabeth Ann successfully mates and reproduces she could provide genetic diversity to the endangered species.

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By: Don Lam & Curated Content

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