Scientists to bring woolly mammoth back to life in five years

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Date:6 December 2011 Tags:

In the next 5 years, scientists plan to clone a woolly mammoth after finding well-preserved bone marrow in a mammoth thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia.

Teams from Russia's Sakha Republic's mammoth museum and Japan's Kinki University will launch fully-fledged joint research next year aiming to recreate the giant mammal, Japan's Kyodo News first reported from Yakutsk, Russia.

By replacing the nuclei of egg cells from an elephant with those taken from the mammoth's marrow cells, embryos with mammoth DNA can be produced, Kyodo said, citing the researchers.

The scientists will then plant the embryos into elephant wombs for delivery, as the two species are close relatives, the report said.

Sources:
Kyoda News 
Discovery News 
Mail Online

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