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Re: cloning the dead

Im Prinzip ja.
Wenn das zu klonende Material direct nach dem Tode richtig aufbewahrt ist
sollte es technisch spaeter keine Schwierigkeiten geben die Klonierung

 On Thu, 7 Jan 1999, Clive Elwell wrote:

> I enclose this article to ask a fundamental queation of you scientists and
> doctors out there.
> Is it really possible to clone from a dead animal? To "create" life from
> what is dead?
> Is there any evidence that this can be done?
> Clive
> >================
> >BBC News | Asia-Pacific |
> >1) Thais to clone elephants
> >Saturday, January 2, 1999 Published at 11:16 GMT
> >
> >All white elephants property of Royal family
> >Scientists in Thailand have begun a project to clone
> >an elephant from the preserved remains of a prize
> >specimen that died more than a 100 years ago.
> >The Bangkok Post newspaper says a team from the
> >city's Mahidol University wants to use genetic
> >material from a white elephant owned by the 19th
> >century monarch King Rama III.
> >
> >Body parts from the elephant, said
> >to have been of an extremely rare
> >variety, have been preserved in
> >alcohol for more than a century.
> >Elephants are the country's
> >national symbol. White ones have
> >lighter colored skin around their
> >ears, eyes, trunks, and sometimes
> >other parts of their bodies.
> >
> >Prized for their rarity and
> >the belief they bring good
> >luck, all white elephants in
> >Thailand are automatically
> >the property of the Royal
> >family.
> >The scientists have
> >already succeeded in
> >cloning a cow. They
> >[\who've already
> >succeeded in cloning a
> >cow\] say they have been
> >inspired by American
> >efforts to clone a mammoth.
> >The 10-year project will replenish Thailand's wild
> >elephant population. It has dwindled from around
> >50,000 in the 1960s to just 2,000 in the wild today.
> >Between 3,000 and 5,000 are domesticated animals
> >The main problem has been the shrinking area of
> >the animals' natural habitat, which is now too small
> >to support them in large numbers. Even in the
> >country's main national park the herds are
> >scattered and cross-breeding is virtually
> >impossible.
> >The long-tusked bull elephants have also been
> >targeted by poachers. Other elephants are force
> >fed amphetamines and put to work in the illegal
> >logging industry, then left to die when their bodies
> >give out from overwork and drugs.
> >Increasingly, elephant handlers and their beasts
> >are turning up on the streets of Bangkok, where
> >they make a living begging from tourists while
> >constituting an additional hazard to drivers plying
> >the already crowded streets of the capital.
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