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Could cloning be used to save a species from going extinct?



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Making clones is the worst case of incest there is: you produce genetically exact copies of an individual. Breeding with such offspring will almost certainly be fatal. Cloning would be an option if there were enough animals to start the clones from, but then why not breed them? I don't think this is an option.

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