The last captive Thylacine died yesterday afternoon, 75 years ago.

I’m not buying the ‘thylacine’ footage at the beginning but the archival stuff is fascinating and sad.

The only remotely good news is that, during an inventory of specimens, The Australian Museum found that they had several foetuses preserved in alcohol.

I’m told that formalin etc. destroys DNA so the fact that alcohol was used means that, if anyone manages to make that ‘Jurassic Park’ technique a reality, maybe there will be cloned Tasmanian Tigers in future pet shops after all.

but don’t hold your breath, the techniques for recovering degraded DNA are advancing but slowly and the Thylacine cloning project has been scrapped for now.

 

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About Rodney Berry

An artist, musician and technologist working with computers and augmented reality for creative expression.
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