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Scientists set to revive extinct steppe bison

By T.K. Randall
December 30, 2016 · Comment icon 21 comments

Scientists are hoping to clone the species using preserved DNA. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Majuti
Teams from Russia and South Korea are working together to bring the extinct species back to life.
Thought to have disappeared at some point within the last 11,700 years, the steppe bison was once a common sight across Europe, Central Asia, Canada and Japan.

The plan to create a live clone of the species will involve extracting its DNA from a well-preserved bison tail that was discovered earlier this year in the Siberian permafrost.

If the researchers succeed then not only will they have achieved a major milestone in resurrecting extinct species but they will also be one step closer to bringing back the woolly mammoth as well.
To start things off however they are first planning to clone Canadian wood bison.

"We decided to use a cow as a surrogate mother," said Dr Semyon Grigoryev, director of the Mammoth Museum at the North-Eastern Federal University.

"Our Korean colleagues already have an experience of cloning cows. And it will not affect the results much. If the experiment will be successful, we will get 99.8% newborn bison."

"It is very important for our project on cloning ancient animals to overcome the species barrier. As of now, no-one managed to do this, and the success of inter-species cloning can give us hope for the revival of extinct [animals] and preservation of endangered species."

Source: IB Times | Comments (21)

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Comment icon #12 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
Habitat loss ... now that's going to start some sort of a war on a lot of fronts ... ~
Comment icon #13 Posted by spud the mackem 7 years ago
This means that the cow pats in the fields will be bath size , watch out when you're doggy walking.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Herr Falukorv 7 years ago
Comment icon #15 Posted by oldrover 7 years ago
This animal has a little bit of a dark history when it comes to trying to recreate it. See Heck's Cattle. Nasty business. Recently it was published that the European Bison contains Auroch DNA. 
Comment icon #16 Posted by kobolds 7 years ago
Next .. let bring back extinct human
Comment icon #17 Posted by timewarrior 7 years ago
I have only one thing to say about this.   Moo.     Sorry, for a seven foot cow:   MOO!
Comment icon #18 Posted by MisterMan 7 years ago
Well that's confusing.  The UM article that links to these comments ( ) is about the Steppe Bison, which is not the same thing as an Auroch, whose article is linked at the top of this comment page.  If I were a scientist, I would claim to be "baffled."
Comment icon #19 Posted by seeder 7 years ago
    have a read  
Comment icon #20 Posted by MisterMan 7 years ago
But it was two completely different articles.  One about Aurochs and one about Steppe Bison.
Comment icon #21 Posted by seeder 7 years ago
  well I cant speak for what the site posts after I post, try this tho    

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