Jurassic tiger to return?

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.


Note to self: In order to facilitate cloning after death, be sure to have mortal remains preserved in alcohol, not formaldehyde.

Luckily for Sydney Museum biologists, a 134-year-old Tasmanian tiger pup was preserved in alcohol rather than the formaldehyde-based preservative formalin, which destroys DNA.

The ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS NETWORK reports that the museum is planning to try to clone the specimen and revive the Tasmanian tiger, a marsupial wolf, which has been extinct for decades. Scientists admit it’s a long shot, but if they can create a genetically pure Tasmanian tiger nucleus, then, just like in “Jurassic Park,” they’ll inject it into the egg cell of a closely related species, perhaps a Tasmanian devil.

One critic thinks all that effort and money should go toward saving what’s left of the tiger’s former habitat instead. Tasmanian Senator Bob Brown points out that if destruction of the forests of Tasmania, Australia’s island state, continues at its current rate, then even if the cloning effort successfully produces reincarnated Tasmanian tigers, there’ll be no wild places left for them to go.

SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

payment methods

SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate