Tuesday, February 03, 2009

New species don't stop for anything....

...not even for a historic moment like a new nation joining the space powers of the world.

A dozen new frogs from India

A passel of amphibians from Columbia

Oh, and see the title link... Spanish scientists cloned the Pyrenean ibex, or bucardo (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica) a variant of the Spanish ibex (Capra pyrenaica) from a frozen tissue specimen taken from the last living animal (which was found crushed by a tree). The DNA was used in embryos from a domestic goat. The kid thus produced died shortly after birth, but it still marks the first time an extinct animal has been given life via genetic engineering.

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