Friday, December 6, 2019
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Russia sets up mammoth cloning laboratory


Posted on Wednesday, 2 September, 2015 | Comment icon 26 comments

Could a live mammoth soon walk the Earth again ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Flying Puffin
Scientists in Siberia have set up a lab dedicated to the goal of cloning a mammoth from ancient DNA.
Situated in Yakutsk, the world's coldest city, the new laboratory will focus on locating live cells within the preserved remains of prehistoric beasts with the intention of creating cloned animals.

The main emphasis will be on bringing back the woolly mammoth, a large prehistoric relative of the modern elephant that is believed to have gone extinct somewhere around 10,000 years ago.

Both the Beijing Institute of Genomics and South Korea's Sooam Biotech company, which has made significant advancements in the field of dog cloning, will also be involved in the research.
"In order to clone a mammoth, three parties signed an agreement on cooperation that could make our dream come true," said Semyon Grigorev, director of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk.

The task is certainly a challenging one, especially given that so little viable DNA has ever been recovered from mammoth remains and nothing like this has ever been done before.

The team however remains optimistic that cloning a mammoth is something that can be done - especially if a perfectly preserved specimen can be found within the next few years.

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

Source: BBC News | Comments (26)

Tags: Russia, Mammoth, Cloning

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #17 Posted by Professor Buzzkill on 4 September, 2015, 5:33
A man moth? I might drop by if I was in the area
Comment icon #18 Posted by Paranomali on 4 September, 2015, 5:37
Seems like kind of a random task to focus on achieving...
Comment icon #19 Posted by Goodnite on 4 September, 2015, 15:34
I caution this may be Pandorra's Box.
Comment icon #20 Posted by lightly on 4 September, 2015, 19:40
Seems like kind of a random task to focus on achieving... maybe it's just because frozen Mammoth's ,hopefully including viable DNA? turn up from time to time? We don't seem to hear about the frozen mouse find? ;o)
Comment icon #21 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 4 September, 2015, 19:47
On this note I take it they have found a cure for cancer? Ebola is now a thing of the past? And God has resigned and handed over the post to this lot? Not every scientist has the know how or where-with-all to create cures... some scientists do not work with cells and dna at all. Apples to oranges by comparison. So while we would love those things first it simply can not be up to every scientist to race to your cures... other fields of study need attention also.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 4 September, 2015, 19:50
Science is not monolithic, there are many facilities working on cancer and they would be glad for our donations and support. As for Ebola, I saw they they have developed a vaccine that apparently is 100% effective against the disease, presumably they will be mass producing it at some point to stop the disease from spreading when it breaks out, at least that is their plan as I understand it. Early humans may have played a role in the extinction of the Mammoth. I see it as an opportunity to restore an ecosystem that is missing one of its key components. I realize that may be decades or centuries... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by freetoroam on 4 September, 2015, 19:58
Not every scientist has the know how or where-with-all to create cures... some scientists do not work with cells and dna at all. Apples to oranges by comparison. So while we would love those things first it simply can not be up to every scientist to race to your cures... other fields of study need attention also. What a scientist trying to clone a mammoth not need to know about cells and DNA?
Comment icon #24 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch on 4 September, 2015, 22:11
What a scientist trying to clone a mammoth not need to know about cells and DNA? Of course. I was expanding on the generalization. so often when people hear of scientific research they wonder why their their own prioritized research isn't being done.
Comment icon #25 Posted by IceBorne on 6 September, 2015, 19:44
Jurassic World showed me how dangerous is it play with DNA. XD But seriously: it would be cool seeing a true living Mammoth. But I don`t think it will happen too soon. At least the laboratory is beginning. I am just wonderin if Putin takes it also serious or just showing us pumped up Russian balls.
Comment icon #26 Posted by DieChecker on 7 September, 2015, 18:31
To get a cool, valuable, marketable pelt from the mammoths, I propose they hybrid them with Siberian tigers.... What could go wrong?


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6606882
276125
182844

 
Planet found orbiting white dwarf in world first
12-5-2019
Astronomers have discovered a huge planet orbiting the burnt-out husk of a star that was once like the Sun.
Can your dreams predict a person's death ?
12-5-2019
A 25-year study has looked into the correlation between precognitive death dreams and a person actually dying.
Navy officer saw 'two-mile-wide UFO' over base
12-5-2019
Lee Adams, who once served aboard the USS Nimitz, recalls witnessing a huge object over a base in Virginia.
NASA reveals Parker Solar Probe discoveries
12-4-2019
The groundbreaking solar probe has sent back its first observations from the edge of the Sun's atmosphere.
Stories & Experiences
My reptilian encounter
11-24-2019 | Ireland and Australia
 
The day I found out I am immortal
11-24-2019 | Hialeah
 
Recent activity in my home
11-24-2019 | Kansas City, MO USA
 
The houndsman
10-26-2019 | Michigan, USA
 
Birthday balloon
10-26-2019 | Usa
 
Devil man in a suit
10-26-2019 | Ohio
 
I accidentally called myself ?
9-28-2019 | United States
 
Giant wolf in my basement
9-28-2019 | Connecticut
 
I saw a shadow figure...
9-26-2019 | Australia
 
A haunting in Iowa
9-26-2019 | Central City, Iowa
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Interview with Sophia the robot
Posted 11-21-2019 | 12 comments
The popular robot recently made an appearance on 'This Morning' in the UK.
 
Coke and butane
Posted 11-17-2019 | 0 comments
The Slo Mo Guys return with another dangerous slow-motion stunt.
 
Origins of the Kraken
Posted 11-15-2019 | 0 comments
A look at the origin of the legendary multi-tentacled sea monster.
 
How lasers work with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Posted 11-11-2019 | 0 comments
The popular astrophysicist is joined by comedian Chuck Nice.
 
What is the scariest thing ?
Posted 11-8-2019 | 5 comments
We all have fears, but what can be considered the single scariest thing ?
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2019
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ