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Ever since the 1980s, the gastric-brooding frog has been extinct (at least, to the best of our knowledge). After more than three decades, scientists were able to bring this species of frog back to life. Using non-living genetic material in a process similar to that which is used to clone the famous sheep named Dolly; scientists injected the extinct frog’s DNA into the eggs of a similar species.

According to Mike Archer, one of the researchers at the University of New South Wales, said, “The Eggs, at first, seemed inactive. But then, all of the sudden, one of the cells divided, and then it divided again and again.”

This is the first time that somatic nuclear cell transfer (the process at work here) has been used on an extinct species. Even though the embryo failed before developing into a tadpole, it’s only a matter of time before scientists are able to bring this frog, and other extinct creatures from the history of the planet, back to life and into adulthood.

Such an advancement could seriously help our efforts to save species currently teetering on the edge of extinction, as well as bring those that have fallen off the cliff back to the realm of the living. In addition, this could very well provide us with an opportunity to study long-extinct species in a not-unlike Jurassic Park future.


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