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Prehistoric resurrection/cloning 5 years away?

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Though we're talking ice-age mammals;

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/japansciencemammoth

Researchers aim to resurrect mammoth in five years
by Shingo Ito Shingo Ito – Mon Jan 17, 5:44 am ET

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...

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Can't wait to see how they explode when shot by a bazooka.

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  • its pretty cool if it will be possible, of there will be problem, living requirements i doubt they are optimal today from back then.

    But would be nice if we instead could learn to kill species today. its fun and all that we might be able to revive species. but how many spiecies to we kill each day because of polution, forresting, oil spils and what not :S

  • Well, if they do find bone cells, they could find a complete DNA Strand, and boom! No more mystery and Boom! Now Jurassic Park is real, though unfortunately if they do clone a dinosaur, it wouldn't last long in todays conditions.

  • @Blue Tights said: Well that's just plain wrong since Jack Horner and his colleagues have found protein, soft tissue, blood vessels.... Apparently not everyone do their research before they write an article.

    Would be great if they found enough to reconstruct their DNA... and maybe build a park? ;)


    Well if they do, I hope they are not as insane as Mr Hammond. Was it really such a bright idea to clone a T-Rex? lol

  • @Masta23 said: Well if they do, I hope they are not as insane as Mr Hammond. Was it really such a bright idea to clone a T-Rex? lol

    Yes what were the possibilities of a 40 foot long gigantic reptilian predator escaping from its padlock and rampaging on the island?

  • @koiboi59 said: Yes what were the possibilities of a 40 foot long gigantic reptilian predator escaping from its padlock and rampaging on the island?

    If you listen to Ian Malcolm is was impossible for the 40 foot long gigantic reptilian predator not to escape from its padlock and rampage the island ;)

  • @Woodsyblue said: If you listen to Ian Malcolm is was impossible for the 40 foot long gigantic reptilian predator not to escape from its padlock and rampage the island ;)

    Speaking of paddock, I never understood how all of a sudden the T-Rex paddock has a pit hole.

  • @Alexrd said: Speaking of paddock, I never understood how all of a sudden the T-Rex paddock has a pit hole.

    Check out this!

  • @Masta23 said: Well if they do, I hope they are not as insane as Mr Hammond. Was it really such a bright idea to clone a T-Rex? lol

    T-Rex's are actually now thought to be wimpy scavengers and not predators, so it might not be a big deal.

  • Kinda amazing and scary if they could someday resurrect something that has been dead for what? 65 million years. even more is it morally right to resurrect creatures to have them live in cages. If they did something like the movie someday resurrect dinos and give them a huge island to live freely that would be beyond amazing. Its just kinda ironic that we might someday be able to revive them but how many animals species do we wipe out each day due to forresting.

    Human race is strange indeed.

  • @RMJ1984 said: Kinda amazing and scary if they could someday resurrect something that has been dead for what? 65 million years. even more is it morally right to resurrect creatures to have them live in cages. If they did something like the movie someday resurrect dinos and give them a huge island to live freely that would be beyond amazing. Its just kinda ironic that we might someday be able to revive them but how many animals species do we wipe out each day due to forresting.

    Human race is strange indeed.

    "We were planning to conquer time's power over life, its power to extinguish and erase, it would change all our lives, as profoundly and irrevocably as the atomic bomb!"
    -John Parker Hammond during the memoirs throughout Jurassic Park: Trespasser

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