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juniperb
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posted January 17, 2011 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TOKYO (AFP) Japanese researchers will launch a project this year to resurrect the long-extinct mammoth by using cloning technology to bring the ancient pachyderm back to life in around five years time.

The researchers will try to revive the species by obtaining tissue this summer from the carcass of a mammoth preserved in a Russian research laboratory, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

"Preparations to realise this goal have been made," Akira Iritani, leader of the team and a professor emeritus of Kyoto University, told the mass-circulation daily.

Under the plan, the nuclei of mammoth cells will be inserted into an elephant's egg cell from which the nuclei have been removed, to create an embryo containing mammoth genes, the report said.

The embryo will then be inserted into an elephant's uterus in the hope that the animal will eventually give birth to a baby mammoth.

The elephant is the closest modern relative of the mammoth, a huge woolly mammal believed to have died out with the last Ice Age.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110117/wl_asia_afp/japansciencemammoth_20110117104445

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posted January 18, 2011 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to Jurrasic Park...for realz.

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posted January 18, 2011 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for juniperb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it is sad... the only place a mammoth could survive is in a zoo or some science arena.

What is the purpose?

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posted January 19, 2011 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BearsArcher     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by juniperb:
I think it is sad... the only place a mammoth could survive is in a zoo or some science arena.

What is the purpose?



I agree Juni. I don't understand what purpose it can serve, not even in a scientific way, to create a mammoth.

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posted January 21, 2011 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for StarrofVenusGirl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree but I knew this would happen as soon as they found a perfectly preserved baby mammoth a few years ago. She was completely intact. I wonder if that's the same one they are using?

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posted January 25, 2011 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted February 03, 2011 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
*bump*

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