Test tube pandas
scientists in China are attempting for the first time to create a test-tube panda. Since the beginning of this year, China's Laboratory of Genetic Embryo Engineering on Endangered Wildlife has been equipped to attempt this experiment. The only ingredients missing were the female panda eggs. But when the laboratory heard of a death of a 17-year-old female giant panda on August 4, a team of scientists led by one of China's foremost panda experts, Zhang Anju, removed the dead panda's ovaries. Since the egg was immature, they cultured it first in the laboratory. Unfortunately, the experiment was unsuccessful due to the excessive carbon dioxide concentration in the incubator.
Notwithstanding reproductive shortcomings in the pandas