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Scientists closer to resurrect mammoths
posted April 11 2011 20:09.32 by Giorgos Lazaridis

It will not be done like in Jurassic park with mosquitoes and frogs. A new technique was pioneered in 2008 by Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology. Dr. Wakayama managed to successfully clone a mouse from the cells of another mouse that had been frozen for 16 years. Mammoths are kinda older though, like 5000 years old, but Akira Iritani, a professor at Kyoto University, is reactivating his campaign to bring those animals back to life.

Now the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth

he told The Daily Telegraph.

Back in 1990s there had been many efforts to recover nuclei in cells from the skin and muscle tissues from mammoths, but failed as they had been too badly damaged by the extreme cold. With this new technique, who knows, maybe our kids or our kid's kids will visit the zoo to see the zebras, the lions and the T-rex...

[Link: telegraph]
Tags: clones   research   health & nature   science   animals   unsolved mystery   innovations   biotechnology   history   extreme   

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