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Russia and South Korea to Clone the Woolly Mammoth

Not having watched Jurassic Park, Russian and South Korean scientist have signed a deal on a joint research project to clone the woolly mammoth:

"The first and hardest mission is to restore mammoth cells," another Sooam researcher, Hwang In-Sung, told AFP. His colleagues would join Russian scientists in trying to find well-preserved tissue with an undamaged gene.

By replacing the nuclei of egg cells from an elephant with those taken from the mammoth's somatic cells, embryos with mammoth DNA could be produced and planted into elephant wombs for delivery, he said.

Sooam will use an Indian elephant for its somatic cell nucleus transfer. The somatic cells are body cells, such as those of internal organs, skin, bones and blood.

"This will be a really tough job, but we believe it is possible because our institute is good at cloning animals," Hwang In-Sung said.

Oh, what could possibly go wrong? Link

Previously on Neatorama: Mammoth Cloning "within 5 years"


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