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    Default Researchers aim to resurrect mammoth in five years

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    TOKYO (AFP) Japanese researchers will launch a project this year to resurrect the long-extinct mammoth by using cloning technology to bring the ancient pachyderm back to life in around five years time.

    The researchers will try to revive the species by obtaining tissue this summer from the carcass of a mammoth preserved in a Russian research laboratory, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

    "Preparations to realise this goal have been made," Akira Iritani, leader of the team and a professor emeritus of Kyoto University, told the mass-circulation daily.

    Under the plan, the nuclei of mammoth cells will be inserted into an elephant's egg cell from which the nuclei have been removed, to create an embryo containing mammoth genes, the report said.

    The embryo will then be inserted into an elephant's uterus in the hope that the animal will eventually give birth to a baby mammoth.

    The elephant is the closest modern relative of the mammoth, a huge woolly mammal believed to have died out with the last Ice Age.

    Some mammoth remains still retain usable tissue samples, making it possible to recover cells for cloning, unlike dinosaurs, which disappeared around 65 million years ago and whose remains exist only as fossils

    Researchers hope to achieve their aim within five to six years, the Yomiuri said.

    The team, which has invited a Russian mammoth researcher and two US elephant experts to join the project, has established a technique to extract DNA from frozen cells, previously an obstacle to cloning attempts because of the damage cells sustained in the freezing process.

    Another Japanese researcher, Teruhiko Wakayama of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology, succeeded in 2008 in cloning a mouse from the cells of another that had been kept in temperatures similar to frozen ground for 16 years.

    The scientists extracted a cell nucleus from an organ of a dead mouse and planted it into the egg of another mouse which was alive, leading to the birth of the cloned mouse.

    Based on Wakayama's techniques, Iritani's team devised a method to extract the nuclei of mammoth eggs without damaging them.

    But a successful cloning will also pose challenges for the team, Iritani warned.

    "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."
    More than 80 percent of all mammoth finds have been dug up in the permafrost of the vast Sakha Republic in eastern Siberia.

    Exactly why a majority of the huge creatures that once strode in large herds across Eurasia and North America died out towards the end of the last Ice Age has generated fiery debate.

    Some experts hold that mammoths were hunted to extinction by the species that was to become the planet's dominant predator -- humans.

    Others argue that climate change was more to blame, leaving a species adapted for frozen climes ill-equipped to cope with a warming world.

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    I highly doubt anything will come of this but if it does...man.

    Honestly, it seems cruel...reading the part I bolded, the one thing that struck me was "how fucking mean."

    They're going to create this one, lonely mammoth, maybe display it, and then watch it to see why they became extint?

    How is that a valid experiment in the least?

    Arrogance plain and simple.

    I guess this is my turn to get all morally outraged!

    As fucking awesome as it would be to have mammoths around...it just doesn't seem right.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Exactly, how cruel and meaningless. If they are going to do this, clone at least 10 of them so there won't just be one lonely male or female with all of these instincts and no world to carry them out in. Scientists sometimes don't realize what they are fucking with but what surprises me more is the lack of people around them with the common sense to tell them that this is morally wrong.
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    I'm calling BS on this... We can't even get Van Halen back together... There's no way they'll resurrect Mammoth...

    Wait... what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasVic View Post
    I'm calling BS on this... We can't even get Van Halen back together... There's no way they'll resurrect Mammoth...

    Wait... what?
    Post. of. the. year.
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    Maybe there was an ancient war between humans and the woolly mammoth and the woolly mammoths exerted great psychic control over mankind and planted in us the seeds of destruction and all of the evil and terrible things that we're capable of today. And by resurrecting the mammoth then these evil creatures will once again take over the minds of man to complete their ages old deadly plan of genocide against us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasVic View Post
    I'm calling BS on this... We can't even get Van Halen back together... There's no way they'll resurrect Mammoth...

    Wait... what?
    I am soooooooooo mad I was going to post the same thing. Well kinda I was going to say, "Don't these researchers realize Mammoth changed it's name?" Grrrrr!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeautifulGirl5150 View Post
    I am soooooooooo mad I was going to post the same thing. Well kinda I was going to say, "Don't these researchers realize Mammoth changed it's name?" Grrrrr!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasVic View Post
    I'm calling BS on this... We can't even get Van Halen back together... There's no way they'll resurrect Mammoth...

    Wait... what?
    DAMN.....beaten to the punch again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasVic View Post
    I'm calling BS on this... We can't even get Van Halen back together... There's no way they'll resurrect Mammoth...

    Wait... what?
    I was wondering how quick someone would go the VH route with this story.
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    These scientists/researchers are going to regret this decision.

    These scientists will be so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they're not going to stop to think if they should.


    On the flip side they're probably going to spare no expense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    These scientists will be so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they're not going to stop to think if they should.



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    Weird to see this story. I just watched Jurassic Park the other day for the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasVic View Post
    I'm calling BS on this... We can't even get Van Halen back together... There's no way they'll resurrect Mammoth...

    Wait... what?
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