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“I like the idea because I feel that it’s important, but it’s a really big challenge,” said Gomez, who has used house cats and interspecies cloning to produce African wildcats.

“When you talk about cloning, you not only need the people, you need the infrastructure, the resources and the animals,” she said. “The cloning between species can be very different. It’s not going to be the same to clone a jaguar or a wolf, and cloning a tamarin is going to be even harder,” Gomez said.

“I think they can do it, but it’s a very long term project, that’s for sure.”