Induced pluripotent stem cells from highly endangered species

  title={Induced pluripotent stem cells from highly endangered species},
  author={Inbar Friedrich Ben-Nun and Susanne C Montague and Marlys L. Houck and Ha Thanh Nguyen Tran and Ibon Garitaonandia and Trevor Robert Thomas Leonardo and Yu-Chieh Wang and Suellen J Charter and Louise Chang Laurent and Oliver A Ryder and Jeanne F Loring},
  journal={Nature Methods},
For some highly endangered species there are too few reproductively capable animals to maintain adequate genetic diversity, and extraordinary measures are necessary to prevent extinction. We report generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from two endangered species: a primate, the drill, Mandrillus leucophaeus and the nearly extinct northern white rhinoceros, Ceratotherium simum cottoni. iPSCs may eventually facilitate reintroduction of genetic material into breeding populations. 
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