Can Woolly Mammoth Be Cloned From Frozen DNA?
Woolly mammoths have been extinct for almost 10,000 years. In 5 years,they may be back.
How can this be? Scientists are planning to use frozen DNA to resurrect them.
from Japan's Kinki University have taken tissue samples from an
ancient mammoth's carcass preserved under Siberia's permafrost. With
help from elephants, who are the mammoth's closest modern relatives,
After a 600-day gestation period, the surrogate mother would give birth to a baby clone of the frozen Siberian mammoth. The baby would not have any genetic relation to its surrogate mother.
The whole process will take about five years to complete. Russian
and American scientists are also assisting on the project.
Woolly mammoths are believed to have grazed in large herds
across Asia and North America. Whatever caused their species to die
out is hotly debated among paleontologists. Arguments include human
hunters or climate change.
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