The Australian Museum reports a breakthrough in their plans to clone the Tasmanian Tiger. The “tiger”, actually a carnivorous marsupial, became extinct in 1936, when the last known specimen died in captivity. Er, did I say “extinct”? Now it looks like what everyone thought was an extinction may be “a 70-year hiccup”, to quote the press release. The museum’s Evolutionary Biology Unit have successfully replicated individual Tasmanian Tiger genes using a process known as PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).”

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