13 MAR 2014 by ideonexus

 How to Resurrect a Species

The genome of a closely related species will have a high proportion of identical DNA, so it can serve as a blueprint, or “scaffold.” The passenger pigeon’s closest genetic relative is the band-tailed pigeon, which Shapiro is now sequencing. By comparing the fragments of passenger-pigeon DNA with the genomes of similar species, researchers can assemble an approximation of an actual passenger-pigeon genome. [...] Next the genome will have to be inscribed into a living cell... Molecular ...
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The steps involved. It's like a recipe.