Woolly Mammoth: Scientists to Clone Woolly Mammoth in Five Years (Photo)

By on Dec 6, 2011 in Animals, Archaelogy, Science Comments
Woolly mammoth

Woolly Mammoth
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The woolly mammoth found in ice in Siberia, which went extinct around 10,000 years ago, will be cloned by scientists within five years, according to reports by several international Science news sites on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.

The research team of Semyon Grigoriev, a Russian scientist and acting director of the Sakha Republic‘s mammoth museum, are now studying the marrow extracted from the woolly mammoth‘s femur.

Starting in 2012, the team of Grigoriev will collaborate with Kinki University of Japan to re-create the Woolly mammoth.

The researches explained that they need to replace the nuclei of egg cells from an elephant with those extracted from the mammoth’s bone marrow cells to develop embryos with mammoth DNA.

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