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Submission + - Scientists to Breed the Auroch from Extinction (telegraph.co.uk) 1

ImNotARealPerson writes: Scientists in Italy are hoping to breed back from extinction the mighty auroch, a bovine species which has been extinct since 1627. The auroch weighed 2,200 pounds (1000kg) and its shoulders stood at 6'6". The beasts once roamed most of Asia and northern Africa. The animal was depicted in cave paintings and Julius Caesar described it as being a little less in size than an elephant. A member of the Consortium for Experimental Biotechnology suggests that 99% of the auroch's DNA can be recreated from genetic material found in surviving bone material. Wikipedia mentions that researchers in Poland are working on the same problem.
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Scientists to Breed the Auroch from Extinction

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  • Okay... I'm not saying that a six and a half foot cow ( think of the size a ribeye would be) is exactly a bad thing. It just seems like this is a precursor to something I saw in a movie once. What was it...Oh yeah! Making f'ing dinosaurs.

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