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    Anonymous

    Perfectly preserved Siberian mammoth fossils spread cloning rumor

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    Perfectly preserved wooly mammoth found in Siberia

    Russian scientists in Siberia have discovered the perfectly preserved remains of a mammoth that reportedly contain living cells. The findings have sparked media speculation over the possible cloning of the wooly Ice Age giant.
    The scientists were quick to deny the report of living cells, calling it“a misunderstanding.”
    However, the international expedition Yana 2012 did find plenty of rich research material while digging in Yakutia, in Russia's east. But it is too early to say anything about living cells, not to mention cloning, Semyon Grigoriev, head of the expedition, told RT.
    At a depth of 100 meters scientists discovered the soft tissue, fat tissue, wool and bone marrow of a mammoth. However, the materials have not been checked for living cells.
    The findings are to be sent to Seoul, South Korea, where scientists will determine whether there are any living cells in the material.
    But the media have already begun speculating about the possibility of cloning the Ice Age titan. Some reports suggested that controversial South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk had already expressed interest in Yana 2012's findings.
    Hwang, who became infamous for faking experiments in the field of stem cell research, has repeatedly spoken about cloning mammoths. In March, Russia's North-Eastern Federal University and Hwang signed an agreement hoping to produce a living mammoth within six years.
    Experts from the Russian Academy of Science strongly doubt the possibility of discovering living cells in the mammoth's remains.
    “The structure and the nucleus – in some special conditions of deep freezing – can be preserved, but a living thing means constant and stable exchange with outside the environment,” Aleksandr Agadzhanyan, Doctor in Biology, told RIA Novosti.
    “So far, scientists have not been able to find even a full DNA chain in mammoth fossils, not to mention living cells,” he added.
    Agadzhanyan also said that “cloning” isn't a proper term to use when speaking about bringing mammoths back to life.
    Cloning is reconstructing an organism from a somatic cell, while what scientists want to do with mammoths is to add mammoth DNA to an elephant’s egg cell – a completely different procedure, he explained.
    Yana 2012 was a paleontological expedition that included Russian, South Korean, American, Canadian, British and Swedish scientists, and took place between August 9 and September 5 in the Ust-Yansky region of Yakutia. The region is famous for its mammoth discoveries. In 2010, the remains of a now-famous juvenile mammoth, nicknamed Yuka, were discovered in the area.
    Mammoths mostly died out around 10,000 years ago, however the last surviving specimen lived on Russia's Wrangler Island until around 1700 BC.

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    http://rt.com/news/mammoth-clone-siberia-living-cells-876/

    #396024

    Anonymous

    I saw this last night on TV. It seems interesting and I would like to see it live again. I am also a bit worried that if they succeed, the poor animal will be treated like a circus freak and exposed to selfish interests of humans.

    #396025

    Anonymous
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    I saw this last night on TV. It seems interesting and I would like to see it live again. I am also a bit worried that if they succeed, the poor animal will be treated like a circus freak and exposed to selfish interests of humans.

    I think if they actually do manage to clone and produce a real mammoth, that means they'll do at least dozen more copies so we could have a fast rise in mammoth population. Speaking of Jurasic Park…

    #396026

    Anonymous

    You are right. Probably every important center in modern world will strive to have one mammoth of its own and some of them will probably eventually be released into the wildness. Who knows what else can happen.

    #396027

    Anonymous
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    I saw this last night on TV. It seems interesting and I would like to see it live again. I am also a bit worried that if they succeed, the poor animal will be treated like a circus freak and exposed to selfish interests of humans.

    Stop being such a pus.sy and grow a pair. Russkies if they have the capabilities should clone it!

    It would bring much needed funding to their now deficient bio-tech industries and it would be a throw back to some good old prestigious times Russia didn't experience since USSR.

    #396028

    Anonymous

    Dinosaurs would be more cool.

    #396029

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    Stop being such a pus.sy and grow a pair. Russkies if they have the capabilities should clone it!

    It would bring much needed funding to their now deficient bio-tech industries and it would be a throw back to some good old prestigious times Russia didn't experience since USSR.

    Stop calling others pussies and any other offensive names.
    'Russkies' is an offensive term and I suggest you not to use it on this forum.

    #396030

    Anonymous

    Actually my country is called Russia :)

    Maybe some mammoths even survived in unmanned regions there:

    Woolly Mammoth filmed In Siberia!!! В Сибири живой мамонт!!!

    #396031

    Anonymous

    Interesting. I was skeptic if it was possible at first, though now I think I got the mechanism. They might try to remove the nucleus of the somatic cell of another species, which will act as a surrogate, and replace it with that of the mammoth. I guess all they need are good mammoth tissue samples.

    Or they could do it the hard way, trying to synthesize mammoth DNA, in which case they wouldn't need a sample of original cells.

    Anyway, I wonder what they taste like…

    Actually my country is called Russia :)

    Actually, Italians call it Federazione Russa :D

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