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Woolly Mammoth  (Source:
A researcher from Japan plans to use a new cloning technique to make this happen

If you thought "Jurassic Park" and the large, reconstructed skeletons seen in museums were the closest we'd ever come to seeing extinct creatures come to life, you might want to think again.  

Akira Iritani, a professor at Kyoto University in Japan, is looking to resurrect the woolly mammoth now that a new cloning technique can make it possible. Not only is it possible, but the woolly mammoth could also be reborn as soon as four years from now.  

The woolly mammoth, which is an extinct species of mammoth that died out 5,000 years ago, has been difficult to clone up until now because nuclei in cells found in the muscle tissue and skin of woolly mammoth's located in the Siberian permafrost were severely damaged by the cold. Many attempts in the 1990's failed because of this. 

In 2008, Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama from the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology developed a cloning technique that allowed him to use the cells of a mouse that was frozen for 16 years to clone a new mouse. This technique has paved the way for new clone-related opportunities, and has inspired Iritani to resurrect the woolly mammoth.  

Iritani plans to use this technique to pinpoint healthy nuclei within mammoth cells in order to extract and use them for cloning.  

"Now that the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth," said Iritani. 

To obtain the nuclei, Iritani will travel to Siberia this summer to find samples of mammoth tissue or skin within the permafrost. If he is unable to locate these samples, he plans to ask Russian scientists for samples that they have recovered. 

Once Iritani obtains the nuclei, he will insert it into an African elephant's egg cells. The African elephant will be the surrogate mother of the new mammoth. 

"The success rate in the cloning of cattle was poor until recently, but now stands at about 30 percent," said Iritani. "I think we have a reasonable chance of success and a healthy mammoth could be born in four or five years."

Iritani said the process would take at least four years because it will be about two years before the elephant can be impregnated, and then a 600-day gestation period is needed. 

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RE: Oh god no!
By Belard on 1/16/2011 6:13:55 AM , Rating: 4
No... we DO want to clone dinos...

For the meat! Imagine that... T.Rex steak!

RE: Oh god no!
By FITCamaro on 1/16/2011 8:01:58 AM , Rating: 4
You successfully craft 1 Dragon Steak.

RE: Oh god no!
By amagriva on 1/16/2011 9:47:21 AM , Rating: 2
The good about dragon steak is that (if you ask politely) the dragon can cook itself...Swooosh! Ding! It's ready come to eat me!

RE: Oh god no!
By Source9 on 1/16/2011 9:59:32 PM , Rating: 2
Genius !

RE: Oh god no!
By homernoy on 1/16/2011 1:47:13 PM , Rating: 5
T Rex steaks? Man, I want a nice juicy Brontosaurus burger. Yabba Dabba Doo.

RE: Oh god no!
By Xonoahbin on 1/17/11, Rating: 0
RE: Oh god no!
By ARoyalF on 1/16/2011 5:06:58 PM , Rating: 2
It's all gonna taste like chicken but more of it. On second thought, what a splendid idea!

RE: Oh god no!
By mindless1 on 1/16/2011 11:25:33 PM , Rating: 2
That was my initial impression but perhaps not since T-Rex is a meat eater.

RE: Oh god no!
By priusone on 1/17/2011 6:11:29 AM , Rating: 2
T-Rex was a scavanger. Just get small sized ones and feed all the road kill to them.

RE: Oh god no!
By JediJeb on 1/17/2011 8:59:23 PM , Rating: 4
KFD- its finger lickin good Dino :)

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