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Scientists Hope Lab-Grown Embryos Can Save Rhino Species From Extinction

Only two northern white rhinos remain, and they're both female. But researchers said Wednesday that they successfully have created embryos using sperm collected from the males before they died out.

Rhino embryos created in a lab are raising hopes that high-tech assisted reproduction may help save the northern white rhino, the most endangered mammal in the world.

Only two of these rhinos are still alive, both females living in a sanctuary in Kenya and protected around the clock by armed guards.

The last male, , died in March. But before the males died off, wildlife experts collected and froze, to fertilize eggs taken from a closely related subspecies, the southern white rhinoceros.

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