May 29, 2013

And it begins - cloning a Woolly Mammoth

From The Siberian Times:
Exclusive: The first pictures of blood from a 10,000 year old Siberian woolly mammoth
Scientists say they have found both blood and muscle tissue - perfectly preserved in the ice - from a Siberian mammoth.

The blood had dripped out of the giant animal into a natural ice capsule and it represents a dream discovery for researchers.

It comes amid a hotly contested debate on whether scientists should try to recreate the extinct species using DNA, though there now seems little doubt that this WILL happen, and the Russian team from Yakutsk that made the find is working in a partnership with South Korean scientists who are actively seeking to bring the mammoth back to life.
A bit more:
Last year a deal was signed giving South Korean scientists exclusive rights on cloning the woolly mammoth from certain tissue samples found in the Siberian permafrost. Stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk's private bioengineering laboratory confirmed he is poised to make a bid to return the extinct Siberian mammoth to the planet.

Once the tissues have been treated to a nuclear transfer process, the eggs will be implanted into the womb of a live elephant for a 22-month pregnancy.
It will be very cool if they pull this off. Torn between wondering what a Mammoth-burger tastes like and remembering John Carpenter's The Thing... Posted by DaveH at May 29, 2013 11:22 AM

It was only a matter of time before this happened.

Here is a fascinating mystery regarding the tens of millions of mammoths, and their sudden disappearance:

Posted by: Smokey at May 31, 2013 11:08 AM