Topic ID #9334 - posted 1/17/2011 3:30 AM

Scientist Plans to Clone Woolly Mammoth (Just Not For Theme Park)

Jennifer Palmer

Scientist Plans to Clone Woolly Mammoth (Just Not For Theme Park)
By: David Murphy
    * 01.16.2011

Get your Jurassic Park and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King jokes ready. A professor at Japan's Kyoto University is claiming that he'll be able to resurrect a woolly mammoth within roughly four years' time, bringing new life to a species that died out more than 5,000 years prior.

Even though Dr. Akira Iritani isn't going to attempt to duplicate DNA strains from animals trapped in amber, the technique he's propositioning—which was already used by Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology to clone a mouse previously frozen for sixteen years—does sound fairly close to that on paper.

Iritani intends to travel up to a Russian mammoth research laboratory this summer in order to acquire the correct tissue from a frozen mammoth. If he can uncover a working sample of at least three square centimeters, he'll claims that he'll be able to insert the nuclei of the frozen mammoth cells into the egg cells of an African elephant. Following a 600-day gestation period, out pops a new woolly mammoth—in theory.

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Post ID#18446 - replied 1/17/2011 11:36 AM


I have no ethical problems with this.  Despite the hype, elephants are not near extinction.  Indian elephant is threatened in the wild, but not as a species. 

Question the knowledge of the story writer.  Last I heard the mammoth was considered genetically to be closer to the Indian than the African variant.

Would be very interesting to evaluate behavior compared to moderns.  I still have not found a compelling theory of how the mega fauna were eliminated.  Each theory seems to have an overwhelming amount of inconsistancy. 


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