This was achieved thanks to the San Diego laboratory that stores frozen biological samples of different animals.
Black-footed ferrets became extinct back in the late 1980s but recently, American scientists announced that they had successfully cloned the animal. The ferret was born from cells of an animal that died thirty-three years ago. The ferret's genetic sample had been stored in the laboratory. Now, scientists can revive the species.
Since scientists did not have a ready-made egg, the black-footed ferret's genes were implemented into a normal embryo. The ferret's surrogate mother is a domesticated animal, but the cloned ferret is born wild. The animal is called Elizabeth Ann, and, unlike her adoptive mother, she can be quite aggressive. The reason for this is she has the genes of the wild ferret from a natural habitat.
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