Woolly Mammoths….Coming To A Neighborhood Near You?

Super idea!  What could possibly go wrong?  Maybe we should send them a DVD of “Jurassic Park”? 

Woolly mammoth to be brought back to life from cloned bone marrow ‘within five years’

  • Thigh bone discovered in permafrost soil of Siberia
  • Contains elusive undamaged genes essential for nucleus transplantation
  • Nuclei of elephant’s egg cells will be replaced with mammoth’s marrow DNA
  • Embryo will then be planted into elephant womb for gestation

Clone hope: The discovery of marrow inside the thigh bone of a woolly mammoth in Siberia has led scientists to believe they can bring the species back to life.

(DailyMail)…Scientists believe it may be possible to clone a woolly mammoth within five years after finding well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia.  Teams from Russia’s Sakha Republic’s mammoth museum and Japan’s Kinki University will launch fully-fledged joint research next year aiming to recreate the giant mammal, Japan’s Kyodo News reported from Yakutsk, Russia.  By replacing the nuclei of egg cells from an elephant with those taken from the mammoth’s marrow cells, embryos with mammoth DNA can be produced, Kyodo said, citing the researchers.

Exciting: Mammoth bones like this one have been dug up many times before, but finding one with undamaged genes has proven a challenge.

The scientists will then plant the embryos into elephant wombs for delivery as the two species are close relatives, the report said.  Securing nuclei with an undamaged gene is essential for the nucleus transplantation technique, it said.  For scientists involved in the research since the late 1990s, finding nuclei with undamaged mammoth genes has been a challenge.

Fertile land: The thigh bone was discovered in the permafrost soil of siberia as were these tusks which came from an entire 23,000-year-old mammoth dug up in 1999.


Mammoths became extinct about 10,000 years ago.  But the discovery in August in Siberia has increased the chances of a successful cloning.  Global warming has thawed ground in eastern Russia that is usually almost permanently frozen, leading to the discoveries of a number of frozen mammoths, the report said.

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74 Responses to Woolly Mammoths….Coming To A Neighborhood Near You?

  1. WeeWeed says:

    I LIKE mammoths. Ya know, back when DH was doing time in Siberia they found some whole ones. I think, being Russians, they prolly ate the first few. My guess ( with the usual disclaimer) is they’ve already built some. 😀 I’d love to see them, but I’d hate it if they were unhappy. And there’s no Mama to train them to the way of mammoths.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Yeah….wonder if Mammoths would do that whole ‘imprinting’ thing like the little ducks. Imagine a line of ’em following you around the block as you did your daily. 😉

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    • Sharon says:

      Where at in Siberia? What function? I’m always by life in Siberia….and always up a bit sorry for the folks who are there and have no way of getting away…..that there is a tough, tough way to live. Makes me understand the Russians’ affinity for alcohol of all kinds in all weather.

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      • True. True. I was curious about your hubby’s time in Siberia, too, W2. Was he working with the oil crews?

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      • WeeWeed says:

        I’d have to drag a map out, Sharon – but it was called Nyamara and 50 miles north of the Arctic Circle and east of Moscow and on an island depending upon how one defines an island. Oil bidness. And for whatever reason, it’s not on the map and he said it was cold and daylight all the time. July. Sucked large. The peeps that lived there all lived in little trailer sized containers, drank a whole lot of Wodka, and all the American guys on location were under house arrest, more or less. They were not in possession of their passports until it was time to come home. There were bogs/pits/some-damned-thing that if you walked into one, you’d be the next mammoth carcass to pop up in a few zillion years. Food was good, though not plentiful, and whole hogs were thawed on the “kitchen floor.” They’re fond of porkers.

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        • Ad rem says:

          I’m callin’ the Discovery Channel….sounds like great stuff!

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        • Hmmm. Whole hogs and wodka. Oil bidness pay. Doesn’t sound so bad… How cold?

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          • WeeWeed says:

            July – 45-50 would be the high point in (I suppose) the afternoon. Unless the West TX wind is blowing. Oh wait, they don’t get that howler like we do…..

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        • WeeWeed says:

          He came home sick, naturally, covered with wounds (mosquitoes the size of crows, says he) cuts, scrapes, and a foot fungus we like to NEVER got rid of. Americans were not allowed to drink there, nor were they allowed off of the location, period. Most of the general hands look Mongolian (to me).

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          • WeeWeed says:

            Do any of you remember when our lsm was screaming, “There’s Russian subs off of our east coast!!!” a couple of years ago?? That’s the first night he was over there! You talk going tin-foil hat……yeah, I did.

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            • Sorry to hear that, Wee. The worry must have been insane with that stuff going on. Any chance it’s the same river delta they call Naryan-Mar, now?

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            • “The conditions are very severe: extreme frost and powerful wind,” a drill operator says. “But we have real men working here, who don’t pay attention to that sort of thing. We are making heat for the motherland.”
              http://rt.com/news/sci-tech/hi-tech-arctic-circle/

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              • WeeWeed says:

                They took the big birds to Moscow, a little hopper north as far as they could go, then a helicopter for 5 more hours north.

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                • Flyin’ around on old Soviet metal…….. sucks. They’re now banned from flying into EU and most of the rest of the world.

                  Plus, you can take a Russian navigator (yes, that’s right) with you when you are flying under Part 91 or even 121, and you can fly unpublished airways that save a lot of time and fuel.

                  Finally, the Russkis measure altitude AGL and not above sea level, like we do. When you get into Russian airspace, you have to change your altimeter. The good thing, you never have to know your field altimeter before landing. The bad thing, your radar altimeter and the rest of your toy-box better be working!

                  Полет в российском небе походит на плавание в океане. Храбрый и трус то же самое. Or something to that effect!!

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                • Ad rem says:

                  Как смешно! 😀

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                • Elvis, you have the coolest stories, and if I ever get the chance, I’d buy you your limit of cervezas just to listen, but you’re doing a lousy job of keeping your profession a secret, Brother. 😉 Just sayin’.

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        • Sharon says:

          I’ll find it–no problem. I spend a lot of time doing visual grazing across Siberia via Google earth and my atlases.

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  2. barnslayer says:

    Isn’t this how they started in Jurassic Park? That didn’t end well.

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  3. GFCandinthatorder says:

    Here we go again. Gonna play us alittle god. Yeah we just hafta be able to do it.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Brave (and stupid) new world…..

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    • Shalini says:

      They are asking for it! Why can’t these scientists ever realize there’s a reason for everything in nature. Just because we don’t understand it doesn’t mean they are not there. Why is it that (seemingly) the most intelligent people are also often the most idiotic?

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  4. texan59 says:

    What could possibly go wrong here.

    Photobucket

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  5. I admit, I’m kinda curious about mammoth bacon… 🙂

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  6. texan59 says:

    DANG!!!!!

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  7. ZurichMike says:

    Isn’t Janet Reno available?

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  8. Coyote says:

    mmmmmm…mammoth steak.
    A-1 sauce?
    Oh, I’m sorry sir…did you say medium rare?

    I’ll have that right out for you. Along with another Shiner Bock.

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  9. jaxum says:

    Right thing to do or not, has anyone thought of the fact that Woolly Mammoths were a lot larger than an African elephant? If our modern day elephant carries to term, the delivery would kill her; and I may be mistaken but I don’t think that caesareans will work on an elephant.

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    • Coyote says:

      Al Gore will fix that. Give him time. He’s gotta make a movie about it first. I think it’ll be called “An Inconvenient Truth”.

      Oh wait…huh?

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