Japanese Scientists Plan to Resurrect Mammoth Within Five Years

Woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) - Mauricio Antón/PLoS (CC)

Woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) - Mauricio Antón/PLoS (CC)

Are we one step closer to Jurassic Park? Perhaps wishful thinking on my part, but we’re making progress, as reported by the Daily Mail:

It died out around 8,000 years ago…but in just five years the woolly mammoth could soon be walking the Earth again.

Japanese scientists are behind an ambitious project to bring the long-extinct mammal back from the dead.

The revival requires a sample of intact DNA for cloning purposes and an elephant to act as surrogate mother, donating an egg and her womb.

Taking into account the 600 or so days needed for the pregnancy, the first baby mammoths of the modern age could be born in four to five years.

In recent years, scientists have used samples of hair frozen in the Siberian ice for thousands of years to piece together the mammoth’s genetic code. And DNA preserved in bone has been used to recreate the prehistoric giant’s blood.

But the latest project is far more ambitious.

The Kyoto University researchers are planning an expedition to the Siberian permafrost this summer in search of a flash-frozen specimen still rich in DNA…

[continues in the Daily Mail)]

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    This is unspeakably cool. Of course…if Japan treats them like whales…we’ll be treated to the spectacle of mammoth burgers a year after they create them…but thats all speculation. I just look forward to the idea of glimpsing a creature resurrected from 10000 years ago.

    • Hadrian999

      so you aren’t curious at all how they would taste, personally I want them to move on to harder things so I can finally know why fred loved bronto burgers so much

      • Synapse

        They probably taste like elephants do. Not that I have any particular desire to eat an elephant.

        It won’t matter, a woolly mammoth will just go extinct again right after. All that extra hair can’t be very helpful in a warmed globe scenario.

    • Adamsshadow

      I concur; kick-ass, super sweet, totally tits, and such.

      Personally, I would weep tears of joy if there were ever a real-life “Jurassic Park,” but a Pleistocene Park would also do it for me.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    This is unspeakably cool. Of course…if Japan treats them like whales…we’ll be treated to the spectacle of mammoth burgers a year after they create them…but thats all speculation. I just look forward to the idea of glimpsing a creature resurrected from 10000 years ago.

  • Hadrian999

    so you aren’t curious at all how they would taste, personally I want them to move on to harder things so I can finally know why fred loved bronto burgers so much

  • Adamsshadow

    I concur; kick-ass, super sweet, totally tits, and such.

    Personally, I would weep tears of joy if there were ever a real-life “Jurassic Park,” but a Pleistocene Park would also do it for me.

  • Synapse

    They probably taste like elephants do. Not that I have any particular desire to eat an elephant.

    It won’t matter, a woolly mammoth will just go extinct again right after. All that extra hair can’t be very helpful in a warmed globe scenario.

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    Before we rush into this experiment, let’s think a bit about the ethics and the consequences, for us and for the prehistoric titans that might well prefer to remain as they are
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