Tuesday, March 13, 2012

South Korean and Russian scientists Bid To Clone Woolly Mammoth

South Korean and Russian scientists have vowed to work together in an attempt to clone a woolly mammoth from remains found in Siberia.

The giant Ice Age animal last roamed the Earth some 10,000 years ago - but experts believe it is possible to bring it back to life.

Vasily Vasiliev, from Russia's North Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, and Hwang Woo-Suk of South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation have agreed to join forces to research the mammoth task.

The new pact comes after scientists resurrected an ancient flower from fruit and seeds hidden in an Ice Age squirrel's burrow in permafrost.

The researchers said their results proved that permafrost serves as a natural depository for ancient life forms.

Experts in South Korea and Russia now plan to take DNA from the remains of a woolly mammoth uncovered by the thawing Siberian permaforst.

They plan to insert it into the egg cell of an Indian elephant to hopefully produce an embryo, which will then be placed into the womb of an elephant for gestation. Read More

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