Tasmanian tiger, some researchers want to bring it back to life

Tasmanian tiger: almost 100 years after its extinction we could see it again. Here’s how and by whom

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There Tasmanian tiger it is an almost legendary animal. We have all heard about it and dreamed about it on TV but you know that this specimen is extinct for some time? I’m almost 100 years that the mammal has disappeared forever, since the last specimen left in captivity died in September of 1936.

There are those who believe that in reality this animal has never become extinct but the fact is that after that date no one has ever managed to identify other specimens. But now a gigantic projectalmost titanic with which you want Bring back to life the Tasmanian tiger. How is it possible? We tell you everything.

Tasmanian Tiger, the epic project that intrigues everyone

Tasmanian tiger DNA sequencing
Tasmanian Tiger (screen from tech.everyeye.it)

Bringing the Tasmanian Tiger back to life? Yes say the scientists of theUniversity of Melbourneas reported SkyTg24who are working on a experiment never tried before. The studies are in collaboration with the Colossal Biosciences, a “de-extinction” company, based in Texas to revive the well-known extinct specimen that has lived in Tasmania as well as in Australia and New Guinea.

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The company was founded by tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm and Harvard Medical School geneticist George Church, who in addition to this project have also been working for some time on another ambitious and almost futuristic experiment worth 15 million dollars: to bring the woolly mammoth in an altered form.

The Tasmanian tiger project that is grabbing the attention of the whole world will use the great advances made in genetics, going to recover DNA of the animal by reproducing it in an artificial way. The sequencing has already begun and is well underway as the animal has lived in a fairly recent era.

Up to now, in fact, almost all of the animal’s DNA has been sequenced. Only 4% is missing, after which we will proceed with the comparison between the genome obtained from the Tasmanian tiger and that of the fat-tailed dunnart, a close relative of the animal.

“We strongly argue that first of all we need to protect our biodiversity from further extinctions, but unfortunately we are not seeing a slowdown in species loss, quite the contrary”has explained Andrew Paskprofessor at the University of Melbourne and head of the experiment.

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A project, the researchers explain, which puts into practice a new technology, that of sequencing, which in the future will be able to solve various problems to be applied to the fundamental species that have been lost.

Tasmanian tiger, some researchers want to bring it back to life