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Zoo aims to save endangered species from extinction

San Diego Zoo began collecting skin samples from rare animals in 1972 in the hope they might be used to protect these endangered species in the future. A breakthrough in stem-cell technology means that day is getting closer

By Paul Harris  /  THE GUARDIAN , LONDON

That opinion holds true for Loring, too. Her success in creating induced pluripotent stem cells has the potential to unlock the whole Frozen Zoo as a powerful tool for breeding and conservation. She is already thinking of getting a third species from the zoo to add to the Scripps research on drill monkeys and the northern white rhino. She, too, is seeing the big picture and says there is a moral imperative to use the animals kept in the Frozen Zoo to preserve rare species as part of a living, breathing global ecosystem.

“The idea of doing it has become a reality,”

Loring says.

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