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(Video) Five Lab-Produced Embryos Could Save White Rhinos From Extinction

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White Rhinos are on the brink of extinction, especially when the last male white rhino died almost three years ago. Unfortunately, neither of the two last white rhinos, a mother and daughter called Najin and Fatu, can carry a calf in full term. However, scientists started producing embryos in 2019 from the eggs of two females and the frozen sperm from a deceased male white rhino.

Scientists announced this year that they have successfully produced two more embryos, making the total number to five embryos. The team plans to implant the embryos into a surrogate mother this March in hopes of bringing back the white rhinos from the brink of extinction.

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According to a report, the plans of the BioRescue team were hampered last year by the coronavirus pandemic when countries have implemented travel ban restrictions, which delayed some key procedures of the project. BioRescue leader Thomas Hildebrandt from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Germany said, “2020 was really a hard test for all of us, but giving up is not the mentality of any true scientist”. But last Christmas, they received a timely present when they produced two embryos.

The news outlet reported that the five embryos are now kept inside the liquid nitrogen in a laboratory in Cremona, in the Lombardy region of Italy before they could transfer it into a surrogate mother. Moreover, the team hopes to deliver the first northern white rhino calf in three years and hopefully produce a wider population in the next two decades.

Hildebrandt said that they are under time constraints to save the white rhino population. He added, “We are under a time constraint because we want really a transfer of the social knowledge from the last existing northern white rhinos to a calf”.

Sources: DailyMail, Reuters.

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LATEST: Social Events, Official And Informal Events Are Allowed in CMCO And RMCO Areas

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All official and informal functions, as well as social events in the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) area are allowed. The attendance limit for the CMCO area is 50 percent of the area of the premises while for RMCO is according to the area of the premises.

This was conveyed by the Senior Minister of Security, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri.

Sources: Press Conference MKN, MINDEF

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LATEST: 6 CMCO States Including Melaka And Terengganu Change Status To RMCO

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The government agreed for six states to carry out the Conditional Movement Control (CMCO) order to be converted to the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

The six states are the Federal Territories of Putrajaya, Terengganu, Pahang, Melaka, Sabah, the Federal Territories of Labuan and Sarawak. This matter is effective March 5, 2021.

This matter was explained through a press conference on the Recent Developments of the Movement Control Order 2021 by the Senior Minister of Security, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob just now.

Sources: BERNAMA TV

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LATEST: Cross-District Movement Allowed In All States Except Sabah Starting March 5

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The government through the National Security Council (MKN) Special Session agreed to allow cross-district movement throughout the country except Sabah starting March 5.

The matter was announced by the Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, just now.

“The Special Session also agreed to allow cross-district movement throughout the state except for Sabah, while cross-state movement is still not allowed.

“For the actual state of Sabah, the Sabah state government is requesting that the district restrictions in Sabah be maintained for a period of two weeks, we understand Sabah is a very large state, some districts are mostly larger than some states in the Peninsula,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA TV

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