Rare animals possibly saved with ‘Frozen Zoo’

Stem cells are the ultimate all-in-one tool. These unspecialized cells have the capacity to transmute into any type of cell in the body, from a fleck of skin to a bit of bone. Oliver Ryder has a special use in mind: saving endangered species.

Over the past few decades, the director of the genetics division at the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research has helped created a unique Frozen Zoo® full of tissue samples from rare animals. And researchers recently drew on those samples to create the first-ever stem cells from two endangered species: the drill (a primate) and the northern white rhino. It was a breakthrough that could help transform biology—and conservation.

Read the complete article on conservationmagazine.org

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