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Cloning a Mammoth?

The woolly mammoth might return!

Greetings, dear readers. I read the other day on Time (and you can too, at least today, here) that, up in the frozen tundra of Siberia, may lay the key to cloning a live woolly mammoth. The hitch, that is, the lynchpin on this cloning gig is the fact that the scientists would need a living cell – they can see genetic code from samples found, but a living cell’s nucleus is the necessary ingredient for a clone. Said ingredient could be placed in an elephant embryo, and yield a living, breathing woolly mammoth.
Why Siberia? The same reason you’re keeping that side of beef in your freezer. As it’s frozen year-round, there’s a chance that a still-living mammoth cell could be found, and therein lies the opportunity for ele-fun as it where.

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  1. sheilanewton

    On September 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Cloning is a bit scary – messing about with nature. Something will surely give if we keep on trying to be GOD!
    On the other hand, how nice to have wooly mammoths back on earth!
    Great article.

  2. gaby7

    On September 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    This idea of cloning will one day finish life on earth faster than the natural process would permit. Did I hear that Dolly the sheep lived for just a fraction of a normal sheep’s life expectancy? Am very scared whenever this subject is brought up!

  3. Edyta N. Tehrani

    On September 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I read about it too. Wouldn’t be great to bring one of those back? It would be exciting for sure, but as gaby said, there could be unwanted consequences too.

  4. Jswana

    On September 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I read this before, sometime this year. Frightening, isn’t it. Well at least to me. A Wholly Mammoth. Get ready to hear some fall off the earth LOL. Don’t know if I agree with this eerie possibility. I’m with Gaby7 on Dollie the Cloned sheep. Was it me or did she look odd? Anyway, let me ramble, this is still a good article and notice and I thank you:)

  5. Martin Kloess

    On September 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you for this.

  6. avissado

    On September 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    wow I just loved the picture and the article

  7. jennifer eiffel01

    On October 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    That would be really interesting.

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