Woolly mammoth to be brought back to life in five yearsDecember 4th, 2011 - 6:13 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 4 (IANS) The woolly mammoth, which became extinct 10,000 years ago, will now be brought back to life from a cloned bone marrow within five years, scientists have claimed.
Scientists from Russia’s Sakha republic’s mammoth museum and Japan’s Kinki University will launch a joint research in 2012 in a bid to recreate the giant animal, the Daily Mail reported citing Kyodo News.
The researchers say it may be possible to clone a woolly mammoth after they found a well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone recovered in Siberia.
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, the report said.
The embryos will be planted into elephant wombs for delivery as the two species are close relatives.
For scientists involved in research since the 1990s, finding nuclei with undamaged mammoth genes has been a challenge.
Many areas in eastern Russia — that usually remains frozen — thawed leading to the discovery of a number of frozen mammoths, the report said.
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