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Japanese Scientists plan to clone a woolly mammoth
Digital Trends ^ | 02/01/2011 | Jeffrey Van Camp

Posted on 02/01/2011 11:47:26 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Japanese scientists believe they have the technology and know-how to create a living woolly mammoth, a clone of a species that died thousands of years ago.

Finding a fully intact frozen woolly mammoth isn’t enough, it seems. Now, a professor at Kyoto University in Japan is planning to bring the species back from extinction through cloning, reports the AFP. Dr. Akira Iritani plans to insert the nuclei of mammoth cells into a modern elephant’s egg cell, creating a woolly mammoth embryo that will be brought to term by an elephant mother. The elephant was chosen because it is the nearest modern relative to the mammoth. Woolly mammoths died out during the last ice age, more than 5,000 years ago. Iritani thinks he can resurrect one in five years.

The key is soft tissue. Unlike older extinct species like the dinosaur family, scientists have been able to dig up entire frozen mammoth carcasses in Siberia, most of which still have soft tissue with cells containing DNA. The key breakthrough is a new technique that allows the scientists to extract DNA from frozen cells. Previously, frozen cells were thought to be too damaged (by the freezing process) to use for things like cloning.

“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,” Iritani said. ”After the mammoth is born, we will examine its ecology and genes to study why the species became extinct and other factors.”

There is debate among the science community how exactly mammoths went extinct. Some believe that humans hunted the creatures to extinction while others believe that climate change did the furry elephants in. Let’s just hope that all of these scientists give Jurassic Park a watch before they start completing the mammoth genetic codes with frog DNA.

Would you pay to see a living woolly mammoth?


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: cloning; godsgravesglyphs; scientists; woollymammoth

1 posted on 02/01/2011 11:47:34 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s about time!


2 posted on 02/01/2011 11:48:55 AM PST by MNDude
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To: SeekAndFind

Be nice to be able to buy a wooly mammoth at Wal-Mart made by someone other than the Chinese.


3 posted on 02/01/2011 11:50:16 AM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dumbozilla?


4 posted on 02/01/2011 11:51:53 AM PST by Palmetto Patriot (Just exactly when is the next Election?)
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To: SeekAndFind

One Michelle is enough, already.


5 posted on 02/01/2011 11:52:06 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder ("Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: SeekAndFind

godzilla needs a pet.


6 posted on 02/01/2011 11:54:35 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet that would make one helluva carpet

Clone them on an island and sell hunting expeditions

I am also waiting for the rats who can detect explosives.

I picture letting a bunch of them loose on a minefield and watch them scurry to find their heavenly reward. I know I’d pay to watch. I think Off-Track-Betting could make a fortune in that venue.


7 posted on 02/01/2011 11:57:43 AM PST by Mr. K (Empty, Stupid Happy Talk is NOT 'Reaganesque'!)
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To: SeekAndFind

What would it taste like BBQ’ed?


8 posted on 02/01/2011 11:58:06 AM PST by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind
Must be something to this cultural thing after all, didn't the Scottish brainiacs clone a sheep?

Ok, I'm ready for the list, who will next clone what?

9 posted on 02/01/2011 11:59:52 AM PST by de.rm (Your growth depends on your willingness to experience anxiety - Herb True)
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To: USMCPOP
godzilla needs a pet.

How about Mammothra?

10 posted on 02/01/2011 12:01:26 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Jubtabulously We Thrive!)
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To: MNDude

Hey I watched 20,000 Years B.C. Forget the mammoths, clone those Cave Women.


11 posted on 02/01/2011 12:01:50 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t this go terribly wrong in a Japanese movie plot already?


12 posted on 02/01/2011 12:02:45 PM PST by Razzz42
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To: USMCPOP

Instead of cloning woolly mammoths, the Japanese should be cloning replacement Japanese HUMANS because Japanese men and women are not procreating. Japan is declining in demographic terms and its population is steadily aging its way to oblivion. The death rate has exceeded the replacement birth rate for some time.


13 posted on 02/01/2011 12:03:04 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: SeekAndFind

14 posted on 02/01/2011 12:03:12 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot (Just exactly when is the next Election?)
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To: SeekAndFind
They made a movie about scientists who wanted to do this sort of thing some years ago.

It didn't end well.


15 posted on 02/01/2011 12:04:46 PM PST by Yet_Again
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To: SeekAndFind
Neanderthals next?
16 posted on 02/01/2011 12:08:41 PM PST by danielmryan
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To: MNDude

Wooly Mammoth yes, T-Rex no.


17 posted on 02/01/2011 12:12:01 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Any one know if they got the mother’s consent??? This is of course animal abuse. Speaking of abuse, anyone check to see that an elephant females birth canal can handle the size of a wolly mammoth baby? Ouch! After she drops that load it’ll look like the 405 expressway!


18 posted on 02/01/2011 12:12:54 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: SeekAndFind

While the results were less spectacular, these same scientists have been working on this problem since they were teenagers.

19 posted on 02/01/2011 12:13:50 PM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: MNDude

As Fred D Thompson said about this, “I’m gonna need a bigger grill.”


20 posted on 02/01/2011 12:16:16 PM PST by feedback doctor (The Constitution!)
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To: MNDude

Yes, we’ve known for centuries that banty hens make excellent incubation mothers. Just stick some eggs under them and they’ll sit there and go cluck cluck cluck in slow motion for the month it takes ~


21 posted on 02/01/2011 12:19:34 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind
Maybe they could clone a homo erectus and he could fight the woolly mammoth on PPV.

Homo erectus vs the woolly mammoth. TEE HEE

22 posted on 02/01/2011 12:25:12 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I will speculate that the foreign nucleus will be pounced on by the elephant immune system


23 posted on 02/01/2011 12:29:32 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: NavyCanDo

Serious, are they hot? I’ve debated renting that movie.


24 posted on 02/01/2011 12:41:33 PM PST by MNDude
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To: SeekAndFind

Great, like they need another reason to FLEE THE CITY!!


25 posted on 02/01/2011 12:50:05 PM PST by clbiel (Hey Islam! Satan's on the line- says he's not giving back your religion without a fight.)
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To: MNDude

The original with Raquel Welch of course.


26 posted on 02/01/2011 1:01:50 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: SeekAndFind
Jurassic Petting Zoo.


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

27 posted on 02/01/2011 1:09:50 PM PST by The Comedian (It's 3am all over the planet.)
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To: bert; SeekAndFind
I will speculate that the foreign nucleus will be pounced on by the elephant immune system

I don’t think that will happen.

The egg’s mitochondrial DNA is still going to be elephant. I may be mistaken but I do think that means all of the surface proteins of the implanting egg will still be elephant.

So this brings to mind the question since the mitochondrial DNA of this new creature will be elephant and the nucleic DNA is mammoth what is this creature really?

28 posted on 02/01/2011 1:11:35 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: SunkenCiv

Jurassic Park ping!


29 posted on 02/01/2011 1:15:15 PM PST by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: Yet_Again

I’m sure they’ve learned from those mistakes. “Yes, you’re making all new ones!”


30 posted on 02/01/2011 2:35:21 PM PST by Triton42
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To: Razzz42

“Didn’t this go terribly wrong in a Japanese movie plot already?”

Japanic Park?


31 posted on 02/01/2011 2:36:12 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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32 posted on 02/01/2011 2:54:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: USMCPOP

Yeah, that’s the one, where global warming took place and saved planet earth from the humans by killing them all.


33 posted on 02/01/2011 5:48:12 PM PST by Razzz42
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To: PGR88
What would it taste like BBQ’ed?

Beer can Mammoth....we're gonna need a bigger can!!!

34 posted on 02/01/2011 5:55:54 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: SeekAndFind

35 posted on 02/01/2011 5:58:23 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: MNDude

Daryl Hannah gets it good in The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)


36 posted on 02/01/2011 6:06:16 PM PST by Razzz42
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To: SunkenCiv; SeekAndFind; FrogMom

Might as well clone the mammoth.

With the Zombie Apocalypse underway there’s gonna be a lot less people running around.

And what better way to usher in the ice age?


37 posted on 02/01/2011 6:19:48 PM PST by bigheadfred (THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE HAS BEGUN)
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To: Mr. K

Imagine being the first human to be gored and trampled by a mammoth in over 5000 years.


38 posted on 02/01/2011 6:35:32 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: SeekAndFind
Great. Just Great.

As soon as it's spawned, it automatically becomes an endangered species.

Cheers!

39 posted on 02/01/2011 7:20:15 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: SeekAndFind

For food, pet or side show?


40 posted on 02/01/2011 9:33:35 PM PST by Trillian
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To: SeekAndFind
Japanese Scientists plan to clone a woolly mammot
I Guess they learned nothing from Godzilla.
Oh well. I hope they keep in mind that this time Raymond Burr won't be there to save them.

41 posted on 02/02/2011 4:44:54 AM PST by Condor51 (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Congressman. But I repeat myself. [Mark Twain])
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To: bigheadfred

I think the ice age began last night. Whew! :’)


42 posted on 02/02/2011 4:51:04 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv
*** I think the ice age began last night. Whew! :’) ***

No kidding these are the latest reports fro my neck of the woods in IL:

(yesterday) 02/01/2011 09:15 PM; S Woodridge, DuPage County.
Blizzard, reported by NWS employee.

Total white out conditions... along Route 53 from Woodridge Illinois to Romeoville Illinois. The visibility was zero in blowing snow. There drifts up to 3 feet along the middle of the Road.

(Today) 02/02/2011 03:31 am; Downers Grove, DuPage County.
Snow 15.1 inch reported by trained spotter. Storm total so far: 18 inches on ground.

And its been snowing since then.
Now 22.6oF Snow. Wind 3 mph from North (gusts are higher)

I'd like to find Al Gore at my door and smack him upside his Big Fat Head.

I can't recall snow like this since the mid 1950's
I loved it as a kid, but I didn't have to drive or shovel then.

Wonder if they can bring back 'Tire Chains'? ;-)

43 posted on 02/02/2011 5:25:08 AM PST by Condor51 (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Congressman. But I repeat myself. [Mark Twain])
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To: SeekAndFind

Even if they can get some sort of critter out of this it would not be a pure mammoth. [It would have elephant mitochondrial DNA.]


44 posted on 02/02/2011 6:35:56 AM PST by curmudgeonII (Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yeah, no kidding. We had minus 19 this morning.


45 posted on 02/02/2011 5:55:29 PM PST by bigheadfred (THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE HAS BEGUN)
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To: Condor51

I’m not entirely on board with those who claim they’d “miss the changing seasons” if they lived in, say, Hawaii. Kinda hate those people. ;’)


46 posted on 02/03/2011 6:19:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Correction, please. That is, Woorry Mammoth.


47 posted on 02/06/2011 3:08:40 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9; Charles Henrickson; null and void
Correction, please. That is, Woorry Mammoth.

Be prepared. Stock up on


48 posted on 02/06/2011 3:39:48 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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