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Every Sumatran rhino has died in Malaysia. Scientists want to bring them back with cloning technology

August 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Scientists want to use cells from dead Sumatran rhinos to bring the population back from the brink of extinction.

(CNN)Iman, the last Sumatran rhino in Malaysia, died last November -- bringing the endangered species one step closer to extinction.

Now, Malaysian scientists are hoping to use tissues and cells from Iman and other dead rhinos to bring the population back.

"Before the three rhinos (the last survivors in Malaysia) died, we got their cells, and the cells are still alive -- which is why I'm quite confident," Dr. Lokman told CNN.

Here's how the process works: In collaboration with the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA), the researchers collected cells and tissue from the last three Sumatran rhinos at BORA's sanctuary -- including Iman -- before each died.

With Iman's death, the IRF declared the species extinct in the wild in Malaysia; the remaining rhinos are scattered across Indonesia and Thailand.

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