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[AFP] Japan, Russia see chance to clone mammoth

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Scientists from Japan and Russia believe it may be possible to clone a mammoth after finding well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia, a report said Saturday.

Teams from the Sakha Republic's mammoth museum and Japan's Kinki University will launch fully-fledged joint research next year aiming to recreate the giant mammal, Japan's Kyodo News reported from Yakutsk, Russia.

By replacing the nuclei of egg cells from an elephant with those taken from the mammoth's marrow cells, embryos with mammoth DNA can be produced, Kyodo said, citing the researchers.

The scientists will then plant the embryos into elephant wombs for delivery, as the two species are close relatives, the report said.

Securing nuclei with an undamaged gene is essential for the nucleus transplantation technique, it said.
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didn't they announce their intentions to do this back in 06 or so, nevertheless i'd like to see a big ass live wooly mammoth
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Wow... i'd be tapped into that progress no doubt.
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next thing you know, the world is populated by meat eating mammoths, lol jks, but yeah it would be a great step forward for science if they could clone an extinct creature.
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Jurassic Park anyone ?
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Just in time for winter biggrin.gif
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didn't they announce their intentions to do this back in 06 or so, nevertheless i'd like to see a big ass live wooly mammoth

The idea has been floating around for a while, but this is the first time they have had a good quantity of well preserved DNA, and the field has advanced quite a bit in the last 10 years.
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I call dibs on the first Mammoth Burger.
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I say bring back the mammoth.
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inb4 Jurassic Park reference...

OH WAIT. tongue.gif
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