The rock-foot ferret, the first cloned animal of North America’s endangered species, came to life using the cells of its relative that lived 30 years ago.
A group of scientists in the US cloned a weasel species that is in danger of extinction. The animal cloned by scientists from the US Fisheries and Wildlife Service is a rock-footed ferret.
The clone named Elizabeth Ann, the first cloned animal in North America’s endangered species, came to life using the frozen cells of Willa, a weasel that lived 30 years ago. Elizabeth Ann’s health condition, who was born on December 10, is under intensive observation.
Black-footed ferrets, thought to be extinct until 1981 when a Wyoming farmer saw a healthy group of animals, have been under observation with a program of breeding in sheltered areas since then.
Cutting-edge science and a blast from the past! Meet Elizabeth Ann. She’s the first-ever cloned black-footed ferret, created from the frozen cells of a ferret that died more than 30 years ago: https://t.co/PJNo7NaFhV
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All black-footed ferrets alive in the country are the descendants of these animals under protection. As this situation narrows the genetic diversity, it brings some difficulties in the birth of healthy black-footed ferrets. However, the fact that Ann was cloned from a weasel that lived 30 years ago is a hope for animals to be brought back to natural life. In this way, the possibility of the existence of healthier and disease-resistant poppies will be an important process that scientists will follow in the upcoming period.