The woolly mammoth is back, baby!
Well, it might be 6 years for now, at least.
A team of scientists from Japan, Russia and the United States hope to clone a mammoth, a symbol of Earth’s ice age that ended 12,000 years ago, and produce a baby mammoth within six years!
The scientists will extract DNA from a mammoth carcass that has been preserved in a Russian laboratory and insert it into the egg cells of an African elephant in hopes of producing a mammoth embryo.
The team is led by Akira Iritani, a professor emeritus at Kyoto University in Japan, who has devised a technique to extract egg nuclei without damaging them, based off of research that allowed a mouse that was frozen for 16 years to be cloned.
Iritani said of the experiment:
"If a cloned embryo can be created, we need to discuss, before transplanting it into the womb, how to breed [the mammoth] and whether to display it to the public. After the mammoth is born, we'll examine its ecology and genes to study why the species became extinct and other factors."
We are so excited to see this thing and are keeping our fingers crossed them the procedure works and is displayed to the public.
What do U think? Are U as excited as us to see a real, live woolly mammoth?
[Image via AP Images.]
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