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Mid-Afternoon Masterclass: Cloning the Thylacine

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Join Professor Andrew Pask in this exciting short lecture as he describes the process of sequencing the extinct Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) genome.

Andrew will describe what we can learn by looking at the genomes of extinct native animals and the increasingly real potential for species de-extinction (bringing extinct animals back to life!). Learn what makes the thylacine a great candidate for de-extinction and the challenges they face to make this a possibility.

Professor Andrew Pask

Andrew Pask is a Professor in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on defining key genes directing development in mammals. He has sequenced the genome of the platypus, tammar wallaby, thylacine and most recently the dunnart. His work on the thylacine examined the biology of this unique extinct species.