Paul Steyn has posted an amazing series of photographs taken by Adam Riley in Hemis National Park in the Himalayas on the National Geographic News web site. These photographs are the first photo documentation of a successful snow leopard hunt, and underscore the amazing biology of this area. If you are interested in learning more, we have another blog post about early work to isolate induced pluripotent stem cells from adult animals–an attempt to compliment the habitat preservation and other efforts to save this incredible hunter before it truly becomes a ghost.
As an animal lover who has been passionate about genetic conservation approaches since I first heard about the “Cheetah papers” over twenty years ago, I am excited at the work highlighted in two papers published in the last year that have begun the process of applying induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technologies to endangered animals (1,2). Continue reading “From White Rhinos to Snow Leopards: Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Offer Hope for Endangered Species”