Saturday, January 15, 2011

Is It Possible to Clone a Mammoth?

Jurassic Park's science may have been fundamentally flawed, but the idea refuses to die!

Akira Iritani, a professor at Kyoto University seems to think so. Using techniques pioneered in 2008 by Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama, of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology, Dr Iritani will again try to resurrect the species that died out 5,000 years ago. He will use Dr Wakayama's methods to identify viable mammoth cells. These cells nuclei will then be inserted into the egg cells of an African elephant, which will act as the surrogate mother for the mammoth. If successful, we could see living mammoth in as early as four year!

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