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Mammoths may roam again after 27,000 years
Times Online (UK) ^ | August 15, 2006 | Mark Henderson

Posted on 08/16/2006 6:25:32 PM PDT by annie laurie

BODIES of extinct Ice Age mammals, such as woolly mammoths, that have been frozen in permafrost for thousands of years may contain viable sperm that could be used to bring them back from the dead, scientists said yesterday.

Research has indicated that mammalian sperm can survive being frozen for much longer than was previously thought, suggesting that it could potentially be recovered from species that have died out.

Several well-preserved mammoth carcasses have been found in the permafrost of Siberia, and scientists estimate that there could be millions more.

Last year a Canadian team demonstrated that it was possible to extract DNA from the specimens, and announced the sequencing of about 1 per cent of the genome of a mammoth that died about 27,000 years ago.

With access to the mammoth’s genetic code, and with frozen sperm recovered from testes, it may be possible to resurrect an animal that is very similar to a mammoth.

The mammoth is a close genetic cousin of the modern Asian elephant, and scientists think that the two may be capable of interbreeding.

The frozen mammoth sperm could be injected into elephant eggs, producing offspring that would be 50 per cent mammoth.

The suggestion that it may be possible to recreate an animal that is at least part-mammoth has emerged from a study of mice by Japanese, British and American scientists.

While many types of mammalian sperm, including that of humans, can be preserved by freezing, mouse sperm is vulnerable to damage that can limit its ability to fertilise eggs when it is thawed.

A team led by Narumi Ogonuki of the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research Bioresource Centre in Tsukuba, central Japan, has demonstrated that sperm better survives freezing if testes, or whole mouse bodies, are frozen.

Even sperm taken from mouse bodies that had been frozen 15 years ago was capable of fertilising mouse eggs and producing pups, the researchers found.

The work has technical implications for the breeding of laboratory mice for medical research, but it also shows in principle that mammalian sperm can survive in a body that has been frozen for several years.

This could mean that it is able to survive in similar fashion over much longer periods, as in mammoths frozen in permafrost.

“Restoration of extinct species could be possible if male individuals are found in permafrost,” Dr Ogonuki said.

“If sperm of extinct mammalian species, for example the woolly mammoth, can be retrieved from animal bodies that were kept frozen for millions of years in permanent frost, live animals might be restored by injecting them into oocytes [eggs] from females of closely related species.”


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KEYWORDS: dna; genetics; godsgravesglyphs; iceage; jurassicpark; mammoth; totallycool
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1 posted on 08/16/2006 6:25:33 PM PDT by annie laurie
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 08/16/2006 6:26:32 PM PDT by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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To: annie laurie

What does Mammoth taste like?


3 posted on 08/16/2006 6:27:55 PM PDT by DesignerChick
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To: annie laurie

about the 10th post of this one...


4 posted on 08/16/2006 6:28:08 PM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: annie laurie

I don't know if I'm so keen on this. Playing with genetics...

Is there any practical use for this, besides satisfying scientific curiosity?


5 posted on 08/16/2006 6:28:54 PM PDT by mojo_the_migo
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To: annie laurie
The frozen mammoth sperm could be injected into elephant eggs, producing offspring that would be 50 per cent mammoth.

"Ummmmm! Mammoth-burgers"


6 posted on 08/16/2006 6:29:24 PM PDT by capt. norm (Bumper Sticker: Honk if you've never seen an Uzi shoot from a car window.)
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To: DesignerChick

OH YEAH!!! Mammoth steaks.


7 posted on 08/16/2006 6:29:44 PM PDT by mojo_the_migo
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To: annie laurie
Mammoths may roam again after 27,000 years ^
  Posted by annie laurie
On News/Activism ^ 08/16/2006 8:25:32 PM CDT · 4 replies · 30+ views


Times Online (UK) ^ | August 15, 2006 | Mark Henderson
BODIES of extinct Ice Age mammals, such as woolly mammoths, that have been frozen in permafrost for thousands of years may contain viable sperm that could be used to bring them back from the dead, scientists said yesterday. Research has indicated that mammalian sperm can survive being frozen for much longer than was previously thought, suggesting that it could potentially be recovered from species that have died out. Several well-preserved mammoth carcasses have been found in the permafrost of Siberia, and scientists estimate that there could be millions more. Last year a Canadian team demonstrated that it was possible to...
 

Mammoths may roam again after 27,000 years ^
  Posted by publius1
On News/Activism ^ 08/15/2006 1:28:27 PM CDT · 3 replies · 47+ views


Times Online ^ | August 15, 2006 | Mark Henderson,
BODIES of extinct Ice Age mammals, such as woolly mammoths, that have been frozen in permafrost for thousands of years may contain viable sperm that could be used to bring them back from the dead, scientists said yesterday. Research has indicated that mammalian sperm can survive being frozen for much longer than was previously thought, suggesting that it could potentially be recovered from species that have died out. Several well-preserved mammoth carcasses have been found in the permafrost of Siberia, and scientists estimate that there could be millions more. Last year a Canadian team demonstrated that it was possible to...
 

Mammoths may roam again after 27,000 years ^
  Posted by freedom44
On News/Activism ^ 08/15/2006 12:23:52 PM CDT · 33 replies · 810+ views


Times UK ^ | 8/15/06 | Times UK
BODIES of extinct Ice Age mammals, such as woolly mammoths, that have been frozen in permafrost for thousands of years may contain viable sperm that could be used to bring them back from the dead, scientists said yesterday. Research has indicated that mammalian sperm can survive being frozen for much longer than was previously thought, suggesting that it could potentially be recovered from species that have died out. Several well-preserved mammoth carcasses have been found in the permafrost of Siberia, and scientists estimate that there could be millions more. Last year a Canadian team demonstrated that it was possible to...
 

Mammoths may roam again after 27,000 years  ^
  Posted by thiscouldbemoreconfusing
On News/Activism ^ 08/15/2006 6:46:58 AM CDT · 173 replies · 2,360+ views


Times on line/ Drudgereport ^ | Aug. 15, 2006 | Mark Henderson, Science Editor Times on line
BODIES of extinct Ice Age mammals, such as woolly mammoths, that have been frozen in permafrost for thousands of years may contain viable sperm that could be used to bring them back from the dead, scientists said yesterday. Research has indicated that mammalian sperm can survive being frozen for much longer than was previously thought, suggesting that it could potentially be recovered from species that have died out. Several well-preserved mammoth carcasses have been found in the permafrost of Siberia, and scientists estimate that there could be millions more. Last year a Canadian team demonstrated that it was possible to...
 

Mammoths may roam again after 27,000 years ^
  Posted by peyton randolph
On News/Activism ^ 08/14/2006 11:17:59 PM CDT · 128 replies · 2,023+ views


Times Online (U.K.) ^ | 08/15/2006 | Mark Henderson
BODIES of extinct Ice Age mammals, such as woolly mammoths, that have been frozen in permafrost for thousands of years may contain viable sperm that could be used to bring them back from the dead, scientists said yesterday. Research has indicated that mammalian sperm can survive being frozen for much longer than was previously thought, suggesting that it could potentially be recovered from species that have died out...
 

8 posted on 08/16/2006 6:30:04 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: annie laurie

why?


9 posted on 08/16/2006 6:30:13 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: annie laurie

You could come up with an animal far more than half mammoth. The first would be half mammoth, but then mammoth sperm fertilizing the eggs of that half mammoth would lead to a 75% mammoth, then the next generation 87.5% and so on.


10 posted on 08/16/2006 6:30:19 PM PDT by Battleofbritain (")
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To: annie laurie

Why settle for just 50% mammoth - must some some frozen females with eggs out there too!


11 posted on 08/16/2006 6:32:15 PM PDT by NilesJo
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To: mojo_the_migo

I'm for it, because it sounds really cool.


12 posted on 08/16/2006 6:34:35 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: annie laurie

And the reason for doing this would be....???


13 posted on 08/16/2006 6:34:49 PM PDT by nobdysfool (Faith in Christ is the evidence of God's Predestination, not the cause of it....)
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To: xcamel

Sorry ... searched first, didn't find it.


14 posted on 08/16/2006 6:34:53 PM PDT by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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To: mojo_the_migo

Fred: "Four brontosaurusburgers, please!"


15 posted on 08/16/2006 6:34:58 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: nobdysfool

'Cause it's really neat.


16 posted on 08/16/2006 6:35:29 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: DesignerChick

Chicken.

I already have a Mammoth trunk, a Lincoln.


17 posted on 08/16/2006 6:36:30 PM PDT by Hilltop
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To: Dog Gone

I searched by keyword & title, it didn't appear either time.

Ah, well. If a duplicate thread is my biggest worry today, I'm one happy gal :)


18 posted on 08/16/2006 6:37:02 PM PDT by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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To: NilesJo

Damn, frigid female mammoths too?


19 posted on 08/16/2006 6:38:48 PM PDT by Hilltop
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To: nobdysfool
And the reason for doing this would be....???

Establish populations in Siberia, Canada and Alaska, and raffle off limited hunting licenses.
20 posted on 08/16/2006 6:39:52 PM PDT by WardMClark (Semi-Notorious Political Gadfly)
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To: DesignerChick

Chicken....


21 posted on 08/16/2006 6:43:42 PM PDT by mosquewatch.com (No Islam, Know Peace. www.mosquewatch.blogspot.com)
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To: annie laurie

Duplicate posts aren't a crime, and the search function here remains suspect.

But I posted "Mammoth" into the search line, and ordered by By Title (Date) to get that list. Try it and see.


22 posted on 08/16/2006 6:48:35 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: annie laurie

This mucking about with extinct species bodes ill for our futures. Sure - the scientists will do this, and next thing you know, wooly mammoths will be all the rage. They'll be in all the zoos around the world, and you know what happens next - we find out the hard way that they are sentient buggers - the reason they went extinct was because they got too smart for their own good. Next thing you know, they're getting out of the zoos by unlocking their own cages and trampling all over people. Soon enough, a couple will find the concession stand, and then you'll have wooly mammoths all hopped up on Red Bull and cotton candy. Then where will you be? You can't outrun them, because they're wearing rollerblades. Ever seen a pissed off, over caffienated, spun sugar obsessed wooly mammoth rollerblading down main street? Of course you haven't! That's because the Lord in all his infinite wisdom realized just how bad they would be for our modern society, and got rid of them But noooOOoo...we have to bring them back, just to show how smart we are. Next thing you know, Gladys is yelling at me because that bloody wooly mammoth is pulling up petunias again and for me to get the broom and scare him off, and dammit, I'm not going out there after him, he's got friends, a bunch of juvenile deliquent, formerly extinct, too damned smart for their own good, Red Bulled woolly mammoths are pulling up the damned flowers, and I'm supposed to go and chase them out of the yard. Not me I says, and hands the broom to Gladys and then, they make her the mammoth queen, and that's the last of I see of her, riding proudly on the back of some young wooly mammoth as they go rollerblading into the sunset. Just as well, I never really liked her much anyways.


23 posted on 08/16/2006 6:51:12 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: pcottraux

I'm with you. I can't see any harm done with this... unless they grow up to be Dummiecrats.


24 posted on 08/16/2006 6:52:34 PM PDT by 43north (7 of 11 living things are insects. This explains liberals.)
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To: mojo_the_migo

Ted Nugent is going to need bigger arrows for his bow.


25 posted on 08/16/2006 6:54:51 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Dog Gone

I believe you :)

As to why it didn't work for me ... a momentary glitch? Typo on my part? I certainly don't discount either possibilty ;-)



26 posted on 08/16/2006 6:57:48 PM PDT by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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To: Dog Gone

OK, probably the latter, since I can't even spell "possibility" tonight ;-)


27 posted on 08/16/2006 6:59:00 PM PDT by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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To: 43north

28 posted on 08/16/2006 6:59:02 PM PDT by captain_dave
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To: NavyCanDo

A whole new market for really LARGE home freezers!


29 posted on 08/16/2006 7:00:42 PM PDT by Twinkie (Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.)
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To: DesignerChick
What does Mammoth taste like?

I was thinking the same thing! I can only hope I get a big 'ol haunch of a Mammoth that had Ray Romano's annoying voice!

30 posted on 08/16/2006 7:02:01 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I LIKE you! When I am Ruler of Earth, yours will be a quick and painless death)
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To: Battleofbritain
You could come up with an animal far more than half mammoth.

So you would have a "Goodsized?"

31 posted on 08/16/2006 7:02:53 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I LIKE you! When I am Ruler of Earth, yours will be a quick and painless death)
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To: captain_dave

I have always been fascinated by Mammoths. When I lived in Alaska I missed the opportunity to see one frozen in the permafrost of an old underground gold mine that had been deeded to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I did hear that the odor was... unforgettable.


32 posted on 08/16/2006 7:05:37 PM PDT by 43north (7 of 11 living things are insects. This explains liberals.)
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To: Tennessee_Bob
Ever seen a pissed off, over caffienated, spun sugar obsessed wooly mammoth rollerblading down main street?

No, but I've seen a hairy fat chick wearing a Kent State t-shirt that fits that description on 1st Ave in Seattle.

33 posted on 08/16/2006 7:06:19 PM PDT by wyattearp (Study! Study! Study! Or BONK, BONK, on the head!)
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To: annie laurie

LOL


34 posted on 08/16/2006 7:07:29 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: annie laurie
"Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should! "
35 posted on 08/16/2006 7:08:33 PM PDT by Hazzardgate
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To: annie laurie
Oh Jesus H. Christ on a crutch...here we go again...LOL!
36 posted on 08/16/2006 7:08:45 PM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: captain_dave
I've always thought Mastodons were cooler looking.


37 posted on 08/16/2006 7:09:11 PM PDT by wyattearp (Study! Study! Study! Or BONK, BONK, on the head!)
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To: annie laurie
Bring 'em on.


38 posted on 08/16/2006 7:09:31 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: annie laurie

Obviously an ancient white, male civilization caused global warming by wholesale burning of the wood in pristine old-growth forests and caused this animal to die. No animal can possibly go extinct on it's own, and the earth's temperature is a precise constant. It's only right that we bring this animal back to life after we destroyed it's habitat to begin with. We killed the dinosaurs too, but I don't know what we can do about that now.


39 posted on 08/16/2006 7:18:39 PM PDT by adam_smith_76
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To: annie laurie

40 posted on 08/16/2006 7:43:46 PM PDT by xrp (Fox News Channel: MISSING WHITE GIRL NETWORK)
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To: xrp

You're a bit late to the party, friend ;-)

See posts 14 and 18.


41 posted on 08/16/2006 7:48:40 PM PDT by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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To: annie laurie

S'okay, we collect 'em and trade 'em. ;')


42 posted on 08/16/2006 8:35:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
S'okay, we collect 'em and trade 'em. ;')

Best line of the night, hands down! (And NO rimshot! :))

I'm still laughing as I type this :)

43 posted on 08/16/2006 8:42:27 PM PDT by annie laurie (All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost)
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To: annie laurie
Pygmy mammoths lived on the channel islands of California as recently s 5,000 years ago. I would LOVE to see a mammoth roaming the earth again.
44 posted on 08/16/2006 8:43:05 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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45 posted on 08/16/2006 9:57:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Mammoths were almost completely herbivores; however I'm pretty sure I read that on the channel islands of California, the pygmy mammoths also ate jumbo shrimp.


46 posted on 08/16/2006 11:21:39 PM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: Dog Gone

Don't know about you, but it looks like Mammoths may roam again! And after 27,000 years no less!


47 posted on 08/18/2006 7:05:26 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Good guys" aren't always "nice guys".)
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To: annie laurie; gobucks; mikeus_maximus; MeanWestTexan; JudyB1938; isaiah55version11_0; Elsie; ...
This is interesting news:
Research has indicated that mammalian sperm can survive being frozen for much longer than was previously thought
Could it be that the mammalian sperm, and the mammoths themselves, are not as old as previously thought?
48 posted on 08/18/2006 7:07:38 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Good guys" aren't always "nice guys".)
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To: Luke Skyfreeper

Are you one of those dreaded paleo comics Pat Buchanan is always warning us about?


49 posted on 08/18/2006 10:04:22 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: DaveLoneRanger
And after 27,000 years no less!

Either you forgot to put a (sarc) tag, or you're going Hugh Ross-soft on us. :)

Unrelated to this, but do you know of anything in the Bible that indicates that extinct animals will return in the Millennium, Dave? The KJV mentions dragons in Isaiah, but the more literal NASB renders it "jackals."

50 posted on 08/18/2006 3:25:31 PM PDT by Tim Long (I spit in the face of people who don't want to be cool.)
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