Stem Cells Could Save Highly Endangered Species


| 9/21/2011 1:16:07 PM


Tags: stem cells, animals, white rhino, endangered species, conservation, environment, Nature Methods, Care2, Beth Buczynski,

rhino 

This post originally appeared at Care2.com.

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Using human stem cells to reproduce highly specialized cells such as blood, nerve or muscle cells has been the source of much controversy because of the moral and ethical issues involved.

But what about using non-human stem cells to save endangered species?

For the first time ever, cells from the highly endangered white rhino (pictured above) and drill (an African primate) were transformed into stem cells that could hold the key to the future of their respective species.