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Woolly mammoth cloning project has begun

March 17, 2015 | Comment icon 62 comments



Can scientists bring the mammoth back from the dead ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Flying Puffin
Scientists have extracted the DNA of a well-preserved mammoth in a first step towards creating a clone.
Lead by Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-Suk, the man behind the world's first cloned dog, the team of Russian and South Korean researchers has begun its attempt to produce a live mammoth by first extracting the DNA from a specimen found in Siberia.

"We take samples of bone marrow," said Semyon Grigoriev, director of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk.

"It is one of the best materials for DNA analysis."
"If the samples are good then our coordinated work, I think, will allow in a year or two to decipher the world's first nuclear genome of the mammoth."

If the team is able to accomplish this then the reconstructed DNA would then need to be transplanted in to a live elephant embryo in order for the mammoth clone to be born.

If they succeed it will undoubtedly be one of the most important scientific accomplishments in history.

Source: NBC News | Comments (62)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #53 Posted by Varelse 7 years ago
I really hope this works out. We may need as many cold adapted animals as possible in the near future. But it would be awesome if they could find saber-tooth tiger DNA. What other animals could turn up in the melting ice besides Mammoths?
Comment icon #54 Posted by Father Merrin 7 years ago
I really hope this works out. We may need as many cold adapted animals as possible in the near future. But it would be awesome if they could find saber-tooth tiger DNA. What other animals could turn up in the melting ice besides Mammoths? Neanderthal women? We are in need of tougher more resilient females with stronger jaw bones and a good pelt of hair over their coarse broad figures!
Comment icon #55 Posted by xxxdemonxxx 7 years ago
People who complain about cloning extinct species, such as wooly mammoth's based on their 'emotions' and feelings to leave mother nature be, get on my nerves. Not directed at anyone in particular, and I've hardly read through the thread. But from time to time during these topics in forums, we get these 'bleeding heart liberals', who wear their heart on their sleeves. They don't realize what a feat this would be and how this could advance our understanding of prehistory. Not only that, but reviving extinct species, whether it be mammals or even insects could provide science more tools, maybe ev... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by Myles 7 years ago
we get these 'bleeding heart liberals', who wear their heart on their sleeves. Actually, it is typically conservatives who oppose the cloning. Not exclusively of course. I'm in favor of cloning a mammoth, but I certainly see the other side as well.
Comment icon #57 Posted by Gingitsune 7 years ago
The main problem with cloning mammoth specifically is that we need to use an elephant mother to bear the clone (and it will probably not work on first try). Elephans being in awfully low numbers themselves, it may be more appropriate to have her bear elephans instead and try mammoth cloning only when the elephan status will be less vulnerable. Another problem is mammoth have been absent from the European ecosystem for millenia now, a quick search lead me to the BBC site, where they give the approximation of 19,000 years ago for mainland Europe and 14,000 for the British Isles. Will they be abl... [More]
Comment icon #58 Posted by She-ra 7 years ago
Here is an article from today's Washington Post: ‘De-extinction’ of the woolly mammoth: A step closer Read article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/24/de-extinction-and-the-wooly-mammoth-genome/
Comment icon #59 Posted by Father Merrin 7 years ago
i hope these "creatures" will be better protected from ivory hunters and inevitability the Chinese, who will find some medicinal use for parts of them
Comment icon #60 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 7 years ago
i hope these "creatures" will be better protected from ivory hunters and inevitability the Chinese, who will find some medicinal use for parts of them If we can clone animals ad nauseam, then they can be cloned for their ivory and/or medicinal purposes by the factions desiring it so. Wish it wouldn't happen, but what's to stop them?
Comment icon #61 Posted by Myles 7 years ago
If we can clone animals ad nauseam, then they can be cloned for their ivory and/or medicinal purposes by the factions desiring it so. Wish it wouldn't happen, but what's to stop them? Maybe it'd be easier to grow ivory.
Comment icon #62 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 7 years ago
Maybe it'd be easier to grow ivory. One would think so...


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