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Scientists sign deal to clone mammoth
By T.K. Randall
March 14, 2012 · 46 comments
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A joint Russian and South Korean research effort has been launched in a bid to create a live mammoth.
Controversial cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk co-signed the agreement with Vasily Vasiliev, the teams will work together in an effort to clone a live mammoth using cells retrieved from specimens found frozen in the Siberian permafrost. "The first and hardest mission is to restore mammoth cells," said researcher Hwang In-Sung. Once cells have been found, the scientists will replace an elephant's egg cell nuclei with those taken from the mammoth's somatic cells.
The deal was signed by Vasily Vasiliev, vice rector of North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, and controversial cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk of South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.
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