Meet Elizabeth Ann, a black-footed ferret cloned from an animal that died 30 years ago. It’s Alive! For the first time, scientists cloned an organism on the United States’ list of endangered species: a black-footed ferret that they’ve named Elizabeth Ann. Elizabeth Ann was born on December 10 and, as far as the Fish and Wildlife Service scientists raising her can tell, is a perfectly healthy and lively young critter, The Associated Press reports . The tentative success story, a first for conservationists, suggests that cloning could serve as a way to help breath e life into species that are on the brink of total extinction. JUST IN: Scientists have cloned the first U.S. endangered species, a black-footed ferret duplicated from the genes of an animal that died over 30 years ago. https://t.co/xmkAAP7Yiw New Tools Cloning technology isn’t new by any means, but recent advances are making it a viable tool for conservationists rather than a scientific oddity. In this case, scientists at the Fish and Wildlife Service as well as the conservation organization Revive & Restore used the genes from a ferret that died 30 years ago to clone Elizabeth Ann, according to the AP . And while […]

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