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Woolly Mammoths May Be Resurrected Within 5 Years

Wooly mammoth

Scientists have been trying to bring back the woolly mammoth for years, but now it’s actually really close. Like, 5 years away close.

Scientists from the Sakha Republic’s mammoth museum and Japan’s Kinki University have found well-preserved marrow in a mammoth thigh bone in Siberia, buried deep beneath some permafrost. The marrow has been preserved so well that the DNA could be used to replace the nuclei in elephant egg cells, thus creating mammoth embryos.

The plan is to plant these embryos into an elephant’s womb, which would grow it until birth. Mammoths are considerably larger than elephants, but the animals are similar enough so that this would work. At least they hope.

This is, understandably, a pretty controversial move. Some say we should just leave mammoths alone and let the poor animals rest in peace, while others say it was humans who drove them to extinction and we should give them the opportunity to make a comeback. What do you think?

I would find it fascinating to be able to see a real live woolly mammoth, but unless the first one to pop out of an elephant is named Mr. Snuffleupagus, I really don’t want anything to do with this scheme.

Via Gizmodo
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  • http://twitter.com/NanoRaptor Dana Sibera

    I’m concerned about the imperfections in a process that’s going to create hundreds of semi-viable creatures who suffer from all kinds of issues before getting a live mammoth that can live out an existence anything like a real mammoth.

    It’s the same concerns I have for Jack Horner’s efforts to reverse-engineer a chicken by re-activating the unique-to-dinosaur DNA that they’re packed full of. It’s going to create live beings that suffer. That sucks.

    But apart from that, as for the idea of having live Mammoths walking the earth (or T. rexes, Brachiosaurs, Hadrosaurs and Ceratopsians) – bring it on! :D

  • http://www.the9billion.com jjprojects

    Interesting thoughts thanks. There seems little doubt that some dinosaurs will be brought back at some stage too. And with the emerging field of synthetic biology, the mind boggles as to what other future species may be created as well.

  • Paulhuts

    This will really shake up the knitting world.