Woolly Mammoth's 'Living Cells' Recovered in Siberia

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Earlier this year, a team of scientists discovered a well-preserved, strawberry-blond woolly mammoth with soft tissue and bone marrow 328 feet deep during a summer expedition. According to Ecorazzi, finding live woolly-mammoth cells has been nearly impossible since most that have been discovered were damaged due to freezing.



Sergei Fyodorov of Russia's Northeastern Federal University told the Associated Press, "It seems that some of the cells still have a living nucleus. We saw that with portable microscopes on the spot -- the cells appeared in color."

But only time will tell. The cells are being sent to a lab for more tests, and the verification that they are actually undamaged and living could take until the end of the year.

Still, the team's discovery is groundbreaking. It could earn them the Jurassic Park Prize from the X-Prize Foundation. This prize is being awarded to the first scientific team to bring an extinct species back to life. The living cells could be the key to cloning scientists' success.

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Heys

I think they should clone it if they can. Or atleast come as close as possible to an exact match. They can learn a lot, and it would be glorious to see the species come back. Too bad they wouldn't try it with some of the animals that humans killed off though. Like the Do-do bird, or a Condor..

September 15 2012 at 6:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gilbert

It wouldn't be a true mammoth if it is sucessfully cloned, since cloning requires an egg from a another animal to provide a "home" for the Mammoth DNA to grow and divide. The egg has the DNA off the animal it came from.. They will probably use an elephant egg to clone it with. So the resulting Mammoth will not be 100% pure, it will have Elephant DNA in it that came from the egg used to clone it.

September 14 2012 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmie

So anyhow, I was fooling around up in an arctic area and had to go to the bathroom. So, I dug a latrine hole 328 feet deep and guess what I found? The long extinct "Native Americans" plus a whole bunch of blonde hair left over from Ava Gabor. This should be studied. Bet they were weaving elephant suits out of that hair to disguise themsevles when hunting in prehistoric Hollywood.

September 13 2012 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tauzero0

I hope your brain surgery is completely successful and that you are feeling much better soon.

September 14 2012 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SamGusway

Anyone interested in this topic might enjoy my latest book (available in paperback, ebook and audio versions).
"Wooly" tries to imagine what life will be like for the first cloned woolly mammoth and the world he'll live in. You can find it online at
http://samgusway.com/Wooly.html or request it from your local library.
Makes a great gift! :)

September 13 2012 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marty hudson

big game hunting coming to the woods where u live soon

September 13 2012 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
g1941faz

just what society needs....a super dumbo !

September 13 2012 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jimmie

already have one.

September 13 2012 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
isawondfl

So now they will misuse the cells and clone a beast. Nature takes care of its own. Stop the insanity and leave it the way it is.

September 13 2012 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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pnut166

That is SUCH a narrow-minded viewpoint. I guess we shouldn`t even bother with archaeology anymore, either. By cloning the animal, just maybe we can learn what exactly led to it`s downfall. That could lead to invaluable data for saving today`s species. Not hard to figure out.

September 13 2012 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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graphikzking

I agree that they should experiment to a degree and learn - but figuring out what caused the demise of the woolly mammoth isn't going to save today's species.

Today's species are dying because Humans are taking their food, pushing them off their homelands etc. Just like we did with the Native Americans.

It's like saying "let's study Native Americans and we can learn what caused their demise".

September 13 2012 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
graphikzking

I agree that they should experiment to a degree and learn - but figuring out what caused the demise of the woolly mammoth isn't going to save today's species.

Today's species are dying because Humans are taking their food, pushing them off their homelands etc. Just like we did with the Native Americans.

It's like saying "let's study Native Americans and we can learn what caused their demise".

September 13 2012 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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