You may have heard of the ongoing research of Dr. Marvin Cambrich at Cornell University, working to isolate usable DNA to try and "bring back" extinct species of animals, specifically birds. Dr. Cambrich and his team of researchers have spent the better part of the last decade working on a project dubbed "Carolina", that sounds like a real life rip off of Jurassic Park. This week it was announced that an upcoming issue of National Geographic is going to feature a story talking about the project, and its apparent first successful product. Details are murky, but the following quote was available form Cornell's website directly from Dr. Cambrich:
The news is very exciting. We can't say what we've done yet, but very soon the details will be released and what we have done will change science forever.
Rumors have been swirling in the online birding world for the past few days that the team of scientists have actually been able to birth a Carolina Parakeet using another species from the Arini family, specifically in the closely related genus Psittacara. To spare you my explanation check out this posting on the birding forum talking about the ground breaking technology believed to have been used for this. It's freaking amazing!
Post from John Thomasson on Birding Forum
Seriously crazy stuff going on out there!