Transforming Endangered Species Cells from the San Diego Zoo into Embryos for Species Revitalization

The San Diego Wet Lab is hosting a species conservation lecture on Tuesday, Jan 10, from 6:30pm -7:30pm at the La Jolla Riford library.  Tom Nguyen from the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research will discuss how stem cells can be used to save a species from the brink of extinction.

rhino

The northern white rhinocerous is a species on the brink of extinction.  Only three individuals remain on the planet and these cannot breed naturally.   A team at the San Diego Zoo plans to save the rhinos by transforming cells from the SD Zoo Global’s Frozen Zoo into stem cells that differentiate into sperm and egg cells, and then using in vitro fertilization (IVF) to create embryos.  The goal is to use this method as a last effort to re-populate the rhino species.  Please join us for this fascinating talk given by one of the Zoo’s research team members.

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