Russian and Korean Researchers Will Inject Mammoth DNA Into Elephant Eggs, Resurrecting 10,000-Year-Old Beast

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    Mar 16, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    Jurassic Park, here we come?

    http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-03/russian-and-korean-researchers-will-inject-mammoth-dna-elephant-eggs-resurrecting-10000-year-old-beast

    First a plant from the past sprouted new life — now researchers in Russia and South Korea are moving forward with a plan to resurrect the Ice Age woolly mammoth. Scientists in both countries inked a deal Tuesday to share technology and research that could lead to the birth of a mammoth clone, gestated in a surrogate Indian elephant mother.

    Mammoth remains were uncovered in thawed Siberian permafrost, and scientists around the world have been trying to extract DNA from the remains. Previously, paleobiologists were able to reproduce mammoth blood protein, and Japanese researchers want to resurrect the mammoth within five years. This new project will move forward if the Russian institution, the North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, can ship its mammoth remains to the Koreans.

    The scientists involved include Hwang Woo-Suk of South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, who was embroiled in controversy after he was found to have faked some research into human stem cells. He created Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, in 2006. Chinese scientists will also be involved in this research, according to AFP.

    The plan would work like previous cloning studies that successfully reproduced dogs, a cow, a cat, a pig, a wolf and coyotes. The nuclei of mammoth somatic cells would be implanted into the nuclei of donor elephant eggs, to produce elephant embryos with mammoth DNA. The embryos would then be implanted in elephant wombs, where they would gestate for 22 months. The team plans to use an Indian elephant for the cell nucleus transfer, according to AFP.
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    Mar 16, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
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    Omg they should resurrect the dodo bird!
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:00 AM GMT
    Yes, we are doing so well messing with DNA and stuff on our own... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    i_VAN saidTl;Dr

    Omg they should resurrect the dodo bird!


    Part of my presidential write-in campaign: resurrection of the dodo bird and we'll move to eating those on Thanksgiving. If they were tasty enough to drive extinct once, they must be damn good!
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:15 AM GMT
    The oxygen levels in the atmosphere were higher when the earth had bigger beasts, so all they're gonna end up doing is making a giant fuzzy wuzzy elephant with severe breathing problems.
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe oxygen levels in the atmosphere were higher when the earth had bigger beasts, so all they're gonna end up doing is making a giant fuzzy wuzzy elephant with severe breathing problems.


    Couldn't have been that different, humans existed concurrently with woolly mammoths... right?
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    ...but will it make good burgers?
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:27 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said...but will it make good burgers?


    hahahahaaa
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:45 AM GMT
    I predict this modern-day Woolly Mammoth will be used in commercials to sell Honey Nut Cheerios, before it breaks loose and tramples Manhattan. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:46 AM GMT
    Donald Trump's sons have alread signed up to shoot one.
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    It's in Asia...
    Did the countries china, Korea and Japan not give that away hahaicon_razz.gif
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:48 AM GMT
    KissTheSky saidI predict this modern-day Woolly Mammoth will be used in commercials to sell Honey Nut Cheerios, before it breaks loose and tramples Manhattan. icon_biggrin.gif
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    It's in Asia...
    Did the countries china, Korea and Japan not give that away haha
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:54 AM GMT
    Aussieteenboy saidIt's in Asia...
    Did the countries china, Korea and Japan not give that away hahaicon_razz.gif

    It will wreak havoc in Asia and then swim to the US, where it will scoop up Kim Kardashian in its trunk and then destroy all the major landmarks before being gunned down by Walker Texas Ranger.
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:59 AM GMT
    KissTheSky said
    Aussieteenboy saidIt's in Asia...
    Did the countries china, Korea and Japan not give that away hahaicon_razz.gif

    It will wreak havoc in Asia and then swim to the US, where it will scoop up Kim Kardashian in its trunk and then destroy all the major landmarks before being gunned down by Walker Texas Ranger.
    yeah sound bout right. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 16, 2012 7:14 AM GMT
    I WANT TO HUNT IT DOWN TO EXTINCTION AGAIN ALREADY.
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    Mar 16, 2012 7:31 AM GMT
    Already been done on Sesame Street.

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    Mar 16, 2012 7:35 AM GMT

    I smell the Mayan's 2012...anyway I hope to live till i see it alive as long its on the right hands