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Scientists: mammoth cloning 'now possible'


Posted on Saturday, 15 March, 2014 | Comment icon 22 comments

Will the mammoth live again ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Flying Puffin
Experts believe that they have enough samples from preserved mammoth remains to clone a live specimen.
Efforts to bring the species back to life have been progressing in leaps and bounds thanks to the discovery of an extremely well-preserved mammoth in Siberia's Yakutia province last year. The specimen exhibited a level of preservation practically unheard of in paleontological finds and still contained viable soft tissue and bone marrow.

Since then researchers have been working towards obtaining as much data as possible from the remains and believe that they now have enough to make cloning one of the animals a reality.

The plan would be to implant a mammoth embryo in to the species' closest living relative, a female elephant. If all goes well then the elephant would give birth to one of the most important live specimens in history - the first live mammoth to walk the Earth in almost 4,000 years.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (22)

Tags: Mammoth, Cloning


 
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Comment icon #13 Posted by Myles on 17 March, 2014, 11:22
As awesome it would be to see a live mammoth, I believe they shouldn't do this. There wouldn't be a population big enough to provide genetic diversity, so the only way to reproduce the individuals would be to clone them again. Also, I believe they would quickly die to illness due to the existence of pathogens they did not have the opportunity to evolve any resistance to. By all rights we shouldn't clone any extinct animals unless humanity is directly responsible for its extinction. Some people claim that humans did contribute to the extinction of mammoths.
Comment icon #14 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 17 March, 2014, 13:25
Really wish they could clone the dinosaurs
Comment icon #15 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 17 March, 2014, 17:02
Awesome. I can't wait for the day they figure out a way to clone dinosaurs. Now that would be incredible. You need to watch Jurassic Park.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Yes_Man on 17 March, 2014, 17:14
Why? What is the point of resurrecting a creature that basically has no place in the natural world? Even if it has the genes of both a mammoth and modern elephant, what essentially is the goal other than to satisfy curiosity? What then? reaserch to find why mammoths and fauna why died out
Comment icon #17 Posted by Wickian on 17 March, 2014, 20:20
I'm firmly in the "Why Not" crowd on this one. It's not like any mammoths would ever be released into the wild. At best they'd make for expensive vanity pets and zoo attractions.
Comment icon #18 Posted by zebra99 on 17 March, 2014, 22:11
You need to watch Jurassic Park. Yeah...like the man said in the first sequence..."Don't worry they won't hurt you...they're vegetarian!" I wonder when was the last the writer walked up to and patted a rhino!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 18 March, 2014, 4:07
You need to watch Jurassic Park. I've seen Jurassic Park. I realize the dangers that cloning a killing machine would do if somehow released into the public. But it would still be awesome.
Comment icon #20 Posted by nohands on 18 March, 2014, 5:01
if there are dinosaurs everywhere it would be a new world hehehehe and it would be fun.
Comment icon #21 Posted by MisterSuperGod on 23 March, 2014, 18:40
Really wish they could clone the dinosaurs That would be so cool!
Comment icon #22 Posted by Capt. on 25 February, 2015, 23:31
A frozen baby wooly rhino found: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/25/woolly-rhino-baby-siberia-photos_n_6752892.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2968342/First-baby-woolly-rhino-unearthed-18-month-old-Sasha-Siberian-ice-buried-10-000-years.html Another Pleistocene megafauna species that could be potentially cloned.


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