San Diegos frozen zoo could bring extinct species back to life

October 28, 2016 by  
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The Frozen Zoo houses more than 1,000 species, but if you visit, you won’t see elephants or monkeys roaming about their enclosures. Instead you’ll see test tubes filled with cell cultures, stored in tubs of liquid nitrogen. All told, the samples take up slightly less space than a refrigerator. While the stored DNA is currently mostly used for research, conservationists hope it could one day be used to rebuild the populations of endangered species , or resurrect those that have gone extinct. The Frozen Zoo is run by the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research , housing genetic material from nearly 10,000 individual animals – some still alive, others long dead. A set of matching tanks houses a copy of the samples in a second, undisclosed location – just in case something happens to the originals. The samples in the Frozen Zoo come from institutions all over the world, including the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park . No animals are harmed during the collection process, which occurs either during routine health exams, or after the animal has died. The collection dates back to the 1970s , when UC San Diego pathologist and geneticist Dr. Kurt Benirschke began collecting frozen cells and reproductive material for the zoo’s recently-formed Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species. At the time, scientists had no way of knowing that the first example successful animal cloning was only two decades away. In that time, the Frozen Zoo has managed to accumulate perhaps the world’s largest collection of stem cells. Related: Researchers successfully splice woolly mammoth DNA into elephant cells While no extinct animals have been resurrected yet, the zoo already has an impressive list of accomplishments under its belt. The stored materials have been used to inseminate San Deigo’s beloved giant panda, Bai Yun, and the scientists at the facility are hard at work sequencing the DNA of animals ranging from African elephants to two-toed sloths. One high-tech project even involves using stem cell technology to revive populations of the endangered northern white rhino. In the coming years, projects like this may help turn back what some scientists are calling the world’s sixth mass extinction . Via GQ Images via  Franco Pecchio  and  playlight55  

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VICE explores the incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth

April 16, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Recently, VICE headed to South Korea to explore the incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth. Host Ben Makuch and his team spoke to researchers at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, where scientists are working to bring back the extinct mammal. When asked why, the director of the project, said, “not to play God, but I believe we are obligated to bring it back as humans.” Check out all the entire story, including how the Russian mafia got involved, at VICE’s Motherboard channel . + VICE Motherboard Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal clone , animal cloning , animal extinction , extinct animal cloning , vice , VICE Motherboard , Vice Woolly mammoth , Woolly Mammoth , woolly mammoth clone , woolly mammoth DNA , woolly mammoth extinction

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This ring is made of smog harvested from Beijing’s polluted skies

April 16, 2015 by  
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Previously, we wrote about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s  incredible vacuum cleaner that can suck urban smog right out of the air , a design which Roosegaarde hopes to have functioning in Beijing by next year. Now the designer is turning that smog vacuumed from the skies of Beijing into rings of soot that you can wear right on your fingers. Each ring comes with either a fake diamond made from soot or a stone with a cube of soot in the center, and Roosegaarde hopes the project will help bring awareness to the issue of air pollution. Read the rest of This ring is made of smog harvested from Beijing’s polluted skies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution solutions , air pollution vacuum , beijing air quality , Beijing air quality issues , Beijing pollution , Beijing smog , Beijing smog vacuum , Climate Change , climate change art , Daan Roosegaarde , Daan Roosegaarde art , Daan Roosegaarde Beijing pollution , Daan Roosegaarde beijing smog , Daan Roosegaarde pollution ring , Daan Roosegaarde smog project , Daan Roosegaarde smog ring , global warming , pollution vacuum , smog vacuum

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Four couples create a rustic cabin compound on a communal plot in Texas

April 16, 2015 by  
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