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Woolly Mammoths Are Coming Back, Say Cloning Scientists
DVICE ^ | March 14, 2014 | Michael Trei

Posted on 03/16/2014 10:39:35 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

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Woolly mammoths are coming back, say cloning scientists

In what sounds like it could be the plot for the next Jurassic Park movie, a team of scientists in Siberia says there's a 'high chance' that they will be able to clone a woolly mammoth.

The breakthrough comes as a result of last year's discovery of an incredibly well-preserved mammoth carcass, frozen in the permafrost of Siberia's Malolyakhovskiy island. The scientists estimate that the animal is about 43,000 years old, and was 50-60 years old when it died in distress after getting stuck in the ice. In the ten months since the discovery, the international team has been carefully thawing out various parts of the animal to extract tissue and blood samples, and they say the results are remarkable.

Woolly mammoths became extinct over 4,000 years ago, but we have been able to learn a lot about them through discoveries like this one. Radik Khayrullin from the Russian Association of Medical Anthropologists says that this discovery is so well-preserved that they should be able to take things to a whole new level. Viktoria Egorova, chief of the Research and Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory of the Medical Clinic of North-Eastern Federal University, says that they have found haemolysed blood containing erythrocytes, along with migrating cells in the lymphoid tissue, all key to making the cloning process work.

Should they decide to go ahead with trying to create a clone, Khayrullin says that the resulting animal will not be identical to what used to walk the Earth. For starters, they will be using a female elephant as a surrogate mother. Then of course there are a host of ethical questions that need to be answered. Khayrullin says that they are not trying to play God, but that it's important to have the right motives. "We must have a reason to do this, as it is one thing to clone it for scientific purpose, and another to clone for the sake of curiosity." In other words, they should only do it to advance scientific understanding, not just because they think it would be a neat thing to do.

Let's just hope they don't run into some rich guy who wants to make a male and female pair, so he can put them on display in an island amusement park.


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1 posted on 03/16/2014 10:39:35 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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Jurassic Park T Rex photo original_zpsa57613bc.gif Hmmmm ... arrogant scientists clone and bring back to life long extinct creatures from the past. Whar could possibly go wrong?!?
2 posted on 03/16/2014 10:40:40 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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3 posted on 03/16/2014 10:41:05 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

I want to git me a mammoth huntin license.


4 posted on 03/16/2014 10:41:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Cloned Mammoths also would be different in behavior, since they would not have mammoth parents to raise them.


5 posted on 03/16/2014 10:43:22 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: DogByte6RER

Seems like I read somewhere that the end times would be like the times of Noah. All we need now is Giants.


6 posted on 03/16/2014 10:43:25 AM PDT by mountainlion
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7 posted on 03/16/2014 10:44:39 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: DogByte6RER

Cloned scientists talking about woolly mammoths? Sounds like a Dr. Seuss story. Wasn’t Devo a bunch of cloned scientists?


8 posted on 03/16/2014 10:45:13 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: DogByte6RER

Frankly, cloning a few mammoths, with a containment and life cycle plan doesnt seem an extreme thing, as they are not so different from currently living animals. Bringing back bugs and dinosaurs and such is another matter.


9 posted on 03/16/2014 10:45:31 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: DogByte6RER

I thought we already have one..she’s at the white house.


10 posted on 03/16/2014 10:45:44 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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11 posted on 03/16/2014 10:45:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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Cloned Mammoths also would be different in behavior, since they would not have mammoth parents to raise them.

Would they be moody?


12 posted on 03/16/2014 10:46:08 AM PDT by Old Sarge (TINVOWOOT: There Is No Voting Our Way Out Of This)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’ve seen some living wooly mammoths - on the beaches in Italy on family days...


13 posted on 03/16/2014 10:46:35 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: DogByte6RER; TADSLOS; Norm Lenhart
They will come up with Gene Splicing Next.

And we will get things like these.


14 posted on 03/16/2014 10:47:07 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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quest for fire photo: Quest for Fire (1981) QuestforFire2.jpg A great movie! Rae Dawn Chong played a terrific prehistoric girl ...
15 posted on 03/16/2014 10:50:46 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

I have first dibs on the first hunting permit.


16 posted on 03/16/2014 10:54:18 AM PDT by vladimir998
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17 posted on 03/16/2014 10:59:48 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: DogByte6RER

Ron Perlman (left)


18 posted on 03/16/2014 11:01:19 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: DogByte6RER

I really don’t have a problem with the “neat thing to do” angle.


19 posted on 03/16/2014 11:01:39 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: vladimir998
I have first dibs on the first hunting permit.

OK, but you have to use a spear.

20 posted on 03/16/2014 11:03:37 AM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: DogByte6RER

I don’t see the harm-it is pretty much a furry elephant. If they could be sheared every Spring, that wool would make a lot of pricey rugs...


21 posted on 03/16/2014 11:06:34 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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“Cloned Mammoths also would be different in behavior, since they would not have mammoth parents to raise them.”

Having PARENTS doesn’t matter, Silly! It takes a VILLAGE (i.e. Mother Government) to raise a Mammoth these days!

*SMIRK*


22 posted on 03/16/2014 11:06:41 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: umgud

They would be a great addition to any Zoo—and if they could be trained—any circus. We could learn alot and they may even taste good.


23 posted on 03/16/2014 11:06:41 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: DogByte6RER

Crichton’s fiction was SPOT ON in so many areas! *SHUDDER*

Sure miss that guy...


24 posted on 03/16/2014 11:08:05 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: DogByte6RER

I assume the dude with the Bosch demolition hammer drill is doing some serious tissue sampling and that is why he’s wearing a particulate mask to avoid contamination. Nice try, but when I use that sucker I always have PPE for the eyes, too. Nothing like a tissue fragment or spatter of body fluids to get whatever Jumbo might be carrying. Heck, even dentists suit up these days.


25 posted on 03/16/2014 11:09:32 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (E)
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To: umgud

“OK, but you have to use a spear.”

A spear gun!


26 posted on 03/16/2014 11:09:42 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: DogByte6RER

Whoa! Is that guy drilling a woolly mammoth?


27 posted on 03/16/2014 11:12:08 AM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: JoeProBono

Is that his family?


28 posted on 03/16/2014 11:13:07 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (E)
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To: DogByte6RER

Cool.


29 posted on 03/16/2014 11:16:57 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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0bama supporters

30 posted on 03/16/2014 11:17:06 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: DogByte6RER

Fus....ROH DAH!


31 posted on 03/16/2014 11:18:25 AM PDT by The Grammarian
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To: JoeProBono

Ron Perlman, the only one in the cast that didn’t need makeup.


32 posted on 03/16/2014 11:21:01 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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Obama supporters

Hardly. They are hunters, providing food for everyone, including the Obama supporters taking up space in their cave.

33 posted on 03/16/2014 11:22:22 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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Not necessarily I want to see a full frontal of MS Chong.


34 posted on 03/16/2014 11:25:00 AM PDT by Little Bill
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To: DogByte6RER

Bring back T-Rex and sabre toothed tigers!


35 posted on 03/16/2014 11:26:03 AM PDT by bgill
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Rae Dawn was a modern human prototype in that movie; she had been captured by Neanderthals and was being kept tied to a tree for later consumption. A male tied with her had an arm missing, which was shown cooking in the Neanderthals’ fire. That was a memorable movie except for the title. Something about fire, I think.


36 posted on 03/16/2014 11:30:48 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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I am surprised that the hero, male, could keep it up after his reception in the village.

Probably because she was the only non fat broad in the Ville.

37 posted on 03/16/2014 11:32:19 AM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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Whoa! Is that guy drilling a woolly mammoth?

Probably drilling into the bone for a marrow sample, protected better than other DNA.

38 posted on 03/16/2014 11:33:21 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Search For Fire.


39 posted on 03/16/2014 11:34:20 AM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: Little Bill

Just BINGed it up; Quest For Fire.


40 posted on 03/16/2014 11:36:38 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: DogByte6RER

I say clone those babies. A breeding program can eventually get pretty close to the real deal.


41 posted on 03/16/2014 11:38:10 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: DogByte6RER

lock the crazy bastards up before they can create one!


42 posted on 03/16/2014 11:39:32 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

I'll take mine medium rare, please

43 posted on 03/16/2014 11:42:19 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot
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OK, but you have to use a spear.

And you have to use a real Neanderthal's spear designed for close combat.

None of those wimpy effete cro-magnon homo-sapiens spears that you just flick from the other side of the field.

44 posted on 03/16/2014 11:44:18 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m gonna need a bigger barbeque pit. Put the rice on, mama!


45 posted on 03/16/2014 11:46:19 AM PDT by NY Cajun
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University of Alaska Fairbanks has in its museum (must see, if you ever visit) a fully intact wooly mammoth calf. It was discovered in the Tanana Flats between Fairbanks and the mountain range. It’s name is ‘Blue Babe’ and it is in fact blue due to the vermiculite in the soil where it was discovered.


46 posted on 03/16/2014 11:46:55 AM PDT by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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47 posted on 03/16/2014 11:48:38 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Palmetto Patriot

corn fed or grass fed?


48 posted on 03/16/2014 11:49:36 AM PDT by roofgoat
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To: Beowulf9

That is nice-but I want a mammoth rug...


49 posted on 03/16/2014 11:52:30 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: trebb
They flew in on a Lufthansa DC-10 when were at Ixtapa.
Those girls never met Mr. Gillette.
50 posted on 03/16/2014 11:56:03 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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