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Scientists: mammoth cloning 'now possible'
March 15, 2014 | 22 comments
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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
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