Time recognises Newcastle scientists

21 November 2013 8:54 PM

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Time recognises Newcastle scientists

The resurrection of an extinct frog has landed Newcastle scientists in Time Magazine's 25 Best Inventions of 2013.

The University of Newcastle's Lazarus Project has developed what is phrased as "de-extinction technology", using a type of cell nuclear transplantation to clone animals and bring back species thought long gone.

The gastric brooding frog vanished in 1983 and researchers say its new-found existence can help understand how to manage gastric secretions in the gut.

Project Leader Michael Mahony says he's thrilled by the inclusion into Time Magazine's list.

"It's now six months ago that we first released the information about this project and so Time picked up on it, yes.

The list of inventions from Time Magazine also includes waterless fracking, an artificial pancreas and a bionic suit to help paraplegics walk.

Project leader Michael Mahony says their research, an international collaboration, is game changing.

"What we're proposing is an insurance policy for not just frogs, for any animal that may be going extinct or whose population is already very decreased," he said.

"So, essentially, we're saying that it makes great sense to store the genomes of animals simply the way we store our own genomes in IVF banks all around the world."

Source: abc.net.au

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