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Can Cloning Revive Spain's Extinct Mountain Goat?

Science  11 Apr 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6180, pp. 137-138
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6180.137

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The Pyrenean ibex, an impressive mountain goat that lived in the central Pyrenees in Spain, went extinct in 2000. But a group of scientists is trying to revive the species by cloning cells from its last living member. A previous attempt in 2003 failed, but renewed interest in "de-extinction" in general and a private donation have allowed the scientists to try again.