Researchers from the University of Melbourne have created a laboratory to revive the thylacine or marsupial wolf
The project includes several complex stages.First, the researchers need to create a detailed genome of the extinct animal and compare it with the DNA of its closest living relative, the fat-tailed marsupial mouse (Sminthopsis crassicaudata). Then they will take living sex and stem cells from representatives of this species and change all parts of the genome that are different from the marsupial wolf.
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Once the genetic changes are made, it will be possible tocreate an embryo that a marsupial mouse can carry. Although much smaller than an adult wolf, all marsupials are born the size of a grain of rice. This means that even a mouse-sized marsupial can serve as a surrogate mother for the much larger thylacine.
Our ultimate goal with this technology isto return these species to the wild, where they played an absolutely important role in the ecosystem. Therefore, we hope that one day you will see them again in the Tasmanian thickets.
Andrew Pask, head of research lab and project leader, in an interview with CNN
The thylacine is a marsupial about the size of a coyote.disappeared about 2 thousand years ago almost everywhere except the Australian island of Tasmania. As the only marsupial apex predator living in modern times, it played a key role in its ecosystem. European settlers on the island blamed the marsupial wolves for the death of livestock and actively hunted them. The last thylacine living in captivity died in 1936 at Beaumaris Zoo in Tasmania.
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