Stem cells could revive Malaysia’s rhinos

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Some skin, eggs and tissue samples are all that remain of Malaysia’s last rhino, Iman, who died last November after years of failed breeding attempts.

Now scientists are pinning their hopes on experimental stem cell technology to bring back the Malaysian variant of the Sumatran rhinoceros, making use of cells from Iman and two other dead rhinos.

“I’m very confident,” molecular biologist Muhammad Lokman Md Isa told Reuters in his laboratory at the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

“If everything is functioning, works well and everybody supports us, it’s not impossible.”

The smallest among the world’s rhinos, the Sumatran species was declared extinct in the wild in Malaysia in…



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