Researchers Aim to Clone, Resurrect Mammoth Within Five Years

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    FoxNews.com - Researchers Aim to Clone, Resurrect Mammoth Within Five Years

    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 about five years time, a report Monday said.

    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 realize 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 cells from which the nuclei have been removed to create an embryo containing mammoth genes, it said.

    The embryo will then be inserted into an elephant's womb in the hope that the animal will eventually give birth to a baby mammoth. Researches hope to achieve their aim within five to six years, the Yomiuri said.





    It's cool and creepy that we can do this.

    This does raise a few questions for me though;

    How's it going to live? The climate it would be used to is long gone.

    What's it going to eat? It's food source, that it's born to eat, is also long gone.

    Who's going to handle it? Do we assume an elephant trainer can to the same with a much larger animal?


    I see a lot of things that can go wrong, and cause the animal to suffer, with little that needs to be learned for the cost.
     
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    since we have the glowning pigs, i´m dont wonder about anything.

    we opened pandora´s box. Things are running now, to bless and doom, like in every new technology.
     
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    Freaky


    So no limits? All ahead full and hope for the best?
     
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    the dam broke up. too late for debates. what could be done, will be done. if not here, than anywhere.

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    mouse wih human ear on his back. No photoshop.
     
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    Once Science Fiction, now reality.


     
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    actually, isnt that used for human replacement parts
    IE using the mouse to grow the cartilage for the human recipient?
     
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    I wouldn't go that far. And I doubt that anything will seriously go wrong.

    but wasn't there some movie about picking genetics in humans pre conceptions? And it got to the point regular humans were lesser beings.


    It would be cool to have wings though.
     
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    Very cool and very creepy. I t would be amazing to see one in person though.
    Not true at all. Climates in the specific aria that the animal used to live in may not be present there but the climate has not disappeared, just moved/shrank. It is vastly more probable though that the environment will be simulated. There are arctic penguins in Los Angeles, sharks in Missouri and African elephants in Seattle. None of these things are in their natural habitats but rather in simulated versions at the zoo. This will be no different. I am quite sure they are not referring to reviving the species as a whole. That would be rather presumptuous and ignorant.

    There is the possibility the air has changed but I have not the time to research whether or not the O2 content was sufficiently different in that age than it is in the current one.
    Not true either. The creature was not born to eat a specific plant but rather a type of plant. There are equivalents here today.
    I do not see why not. It is just an animal and while it will be different there is no reason that accommodations cannot be made or that they will even be difficult.


    Sure, but there are worse things that happen all the time and I would rather believe that this particular animal is going to be treated as a king. This will be commercialized and there will be mega bucks involved in the showcasing of such an animal. I can almost guarantee that.
     
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    as much as i know, the´re trying. from my view now, this is very scary, not to say horrific. But if i would be in need to a new organ, i surely raise my acceptance to this.
     
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