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Mammoth cloning attempt in 'initial stages'

July 30, 2016 | Comment icon 20 comments



Is it really possible to clone a mammoth ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Flying Puffin
Russian and Korean scientists have made an important first step towards creating a live woolly mammoth.
Can an extinct species be brought back to life ? An international team of scientists at the World Mammoth Center in Yakutsk, the world's coldest city, certainly seem to think so.

Thanks to their efforts, the possibility of cloning a mammoth is looking increasingly plausible.

"As a result of tireless joint efforts, we have achieved what we call the 'initial stage' on our way to recovering the mammoth," said South Korean cloning expert Professor Hwang Woo-Suk.
"We continue the search for new materials and samples. We need cells that can share information."

"If we could find a sample that is not only well preserved but also in which biochemical processes can take place, we will be able to impregnate it with the help of the Asian elephant materials."

Mammoths were thought to have gone extinct around 10,000 years ago however recent evidence has suggested that a small population may have survived until as recently as 3,600 years ago.

If cloning scientists actually do manage to bring the species back to life it will surely be one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs in history.

Source: Sputnik International | Comments (20)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by MJNYC 5 years ago
I hope this never happens.  We can't even protect our elephants, lions, gorillas, etc., but they want to bring another species into the world to hunt, eat and experiment on.   Animals are sentient creatures who want to live and even if they are eaten, they should be handled with care and consideration; just because we should know how to do that. Man is excellent at finding ways to hurt those who can't defend themselves.    
Comment icon #12 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
true, but as the Mammoths would probably live in Antarctica, I don't see too many "Big Game Hunters" running an safaris there.
Comment icon #13 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
So animal testing is a no no, so what is the next alternative for these "Frankenstein scientists" ? = we will make our own animals to test on.  SHOCKING!
Comment icon #14 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
I say we bring back the DOdo ...
Comment icon #15 Posted by MJNYC 5 years ago
I'm sure the "thrill seekers" would go. It would just be a bigger adventure for them. If there's a way to hurt something; man finds a way to do it.  It's heartbreaking.  
Comment icon #16 Posted by oldrover 5 years ago
 Antarctica? Why would they be put there? 
Comment icon #17 Posted by Habitat 5 years ago
Yes, why indeed, nothing there for them. In the unlikely event this comes to pass, it will be the most pampered animal in history.
Comment icon #18 Posted by oldrover 5 years ago
Unless they clone the thylacine, then that will be even more pampered again. Of the two, I think that'd be the better choice, but I doubt it'll ever happen. And I doubt either would really produce an 'authentic' animal so much as a curio. 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Atuke 5 years ago
I feel bringing them back is a responsible decision as we should bring back all species that we possibly can, especially the ones destroyed at the hands of man before our enlightenment...which we are still refining. I also feel that this animal isn't totally "extinct", since it's DNA will eventually give this great species precious life again. 
Comment icon #20 Posted by oldrover 5 years ago
I can't agree. While it'd be great to correct the mistakes we've made in the past, the main priority should be to conserve what's we can of what's threatened now. 


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