Cloners set sights on rare cats

Developments in cloning domestic and rare cats

source: Michael Le Page
New Scientist vol 185 no 2481, January 8 2005 p12

The first cloned cat was born in 2001, and this success has led researchers to try cloning as a way to help the conservation of endangered wild cats. A team led by Martha Gomez at the Audoben Center for the Research of Endangered Species, New Orleans, has cloned seven African Wild cats, or Felis lybica. The team is also seeking to clone Felis nigripes, or the black-footed cat, and the rusty spotted cat. Meanwhile, Genetic Saving and Clone, a Californian company, delivered a cat to a customer at the end of 2004, later than planned.