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Japan, Russia see chance to clone mammoth from Japan and Russia believe it may be possible to clone a mammoth after finding well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia, a report said Saturday.

Teams from the 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 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.

Securing nuclei with an undamaged gene is essential for the nucleus transplantation technique, it said.

For scientists involved in the research since the late 1990s, finding nuclei with undamaged mammoth genes has been a challenge. Mammoths became extinct about 10,000 years ago.

But the discovery in August of the well-preserved thigh bone in Siberia has increased the chances of a successful cloning.

Global warming has thawed ground in eastern Russia that is usually almost permanently frozen, leading to the discoveries of a number of frozen mammoths, the report said.

via Japan, Russia see chance to clone mammoth – Yahoo!.

4 comments on “Japan, Russia see chance to clone mammoth

  1. Guide Fleury
    December 5, 2011

    Playing god. They were made extinct for a reason.

  2. Sam
    December 6, 2011

    What reason was it?

    • Xeno
      December 6, 2011

      Ha. Good question. Whatever the reason of whatever did the reasoning, the method of their removal from the planet seems to have been a gradual process which included one or more of these methods: Their slow reproduction rate, the loss of food after the Clovis comet, becoming food for ice age humans and lost of habitat due to climate change.

      • Sam
        December 6, 2011

        Don’t ruin the fun, Xeno! Was just prodding Guide Fleury.

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