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Extinct Galapagos Tortoise to be revived by scientists

November 26, 2012
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Lonesome George
Jad Davenport

Lonesome George, the famous tortoise from the Galapagos Islands, may be dead, but scientists now say he may not be the last of his species. Researchers from Yale are planning to resurrect the species through cross-breeding with 17 other turtles found in the islands with similar genetic material to George. If this can be accomplished, it will be the first time a species has been recovered after being declared extinct. The process won’t happen overnight. Researches expect the process to take 100 to 150 years to isolate the right genes through controlled breeding alone.

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