IVF may bring northern white rhinos back from the brink of extinction

Game over? SUDAN, the last male northern white rhinoceros on Earth, died in March. He is survived by two females, Najin and her daughter Fatu, who live in a conservancy in Kenya. This pair (pictured) are thus the only remaining members of the world’s most endangered subspecies of mammal. But all might not yet be lost. Thomas Hildebrandt of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, in Berlin, in collaboration with Avantea, a biotechnology company in Cremona, Italy, is proposing heroic measures to keep the subspecies alive. In a paper just published in Nature, he and his colleagues say that they have created, by in vitro fertilisation (IVF), apparently viable hybrid embryos of northern white rhinos and their cousins from the south. This, they hope, will pave the way for the creation of pure northern-white embryos. IVF seems the last hope for the northern white rhino. Though stored sperm from Sudan and several other males are available, both Najin and Fatu now seem unable to conceiv

IVF may bring northern white rhinos back from the brink of extinction

Game over? SUDAN, the last male northern white rhinoceros on Earth, died in March. He is survived by two females, Najin and her daughter Fatu, who live in a conservancy in Kenya. This pair ...

Thu 5 Jul 18 from The Economist

Resurrection of the northern white rhino – could this be the turning point?

A major scientific breakthrough, officially announced in a press release today, could signal a seismic shift in the survival prospects of the world's rarest rhino.

Thu 5 Jul 18 from Phys.org

In a Race to Save the Northern White Rhino, Scientists Have Succeeded in Creating Hybrid Embryos

There are only two known northern white rhinos left in the world

Wed 4 Jul 18 from TIME

First-ever test tube rhino embryo gives hope for functionally extinct species

Although no living male northern white rhinos remain on Earth, experimental assisted reproduction techniques treatments still offer the functionally extinct species a fighting chance. ...

Wed 4 Jul 18 from Gizmag

Viable Embryos Created With Northern White Rhino Sperm in the Lab

Researchers froze the fertilized eggs, taken from southern white rhinos, in hopes of preserving the near-extinct northern subspecies.

Wed 4 Jul 18 from The Scientist

Researchers create hybrid embryos of endangered white rhinos

Scientists have created the first rhino embryos, providing a small glimmer of hope for the nearly extinct northern white rhinoceros.

Wed 4 Jul 18 from ScienceNews

Hybrid embryos made to save the doomed northern white rhino

Biologists have created hybrid rhino embryos as a first step towards creating pure northern rhino embryos and are confident they can save the species from the brink

Wed 4 Jul 18 from Newscientist

Scientists create embryos, hope to save near-extinct rhino

Months after the death of Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, scientists said Wednesday they have grown embryos containing DNA of his kind, hoping to save the subspecies from ...

Wed 4 Jul 18 from Phys.org

Embryo breakthrough 'can save northern white rhino'

The loss of the endangered northern white rhino could be reversed by IVF, say scientists.

Wed 4 Jul 18 from BBC News

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