Scientists '5 Years' From Cloned Mammoth
Joint project seeks to bring animal back
The scientific team behind a project to clone woolly mammoths from frozen remains says it may be less than five years from bringing the animal back to life. Researchers from Japan's Kinki University and a mammoth museum in Russia plan to use marrow from a thigh bone to create a viable mammoth embryo. Scientists recovered the bone in Siberia this August and hope to implant it in a female elephant surrogate. Scientists have pursued cloning mammoths from cells since the 1990s, but have had difficulty finding nuclei with undamaged genes, a requirement for cloning. The team believes that the thigh, which is among the best preserved mammoth bones ever found, has a high chance of containing the necessary DNA. Mammoths have been extinct for approximately 10,000 years.
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