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Extinct Tasmanian Tiger's DNA Revived in Mice

DNA from an extinct creature has been resurrected in a live animal for the first time.The genetic material, extracted from the extinct Tasmanian tiger, proved functional in mice."As more and more species of animals become extinct, we are continuing to lose critical knowledge of gene function and their potential," said researcher Andrew Pask, a molecular biologist at the University of Melbourne in Australia.Reviving genes from extinct animals can't bring them back to life , but it could help retrieve this potentially valuable knowledge.• Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Natural Science Center."This research has enormous potential for many applications including the development of new biomedicines and gaining a better understanding of the biology of extinct animals," said researcher Richard Behringer at the University of Texas.And while the Tasmanian tiger has only been extinct for roughly 70 years, "the potential this method has for examining genes from much older specimens, in fact an...

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