I, for one, welcome our new woolly masters

New breath of life for extinct mammoths

Cells taken from the well-preserved legs of a mammoth found last summer in Russia's far-northern Yakutia region are ''conditionally alive'', said Mr Vladimir Repin of the Vektor Research Centre for Virology and Biotechnology.

The inner structure of the cells, fixed in formalin immediately after the finding, is undamaged, ''so we suggest that the rest of the frozen tissues contain similar cell layers which could be unfrozen'', he explained, as quoted by the Informscience news agency.

He said that the living cells with intact nuclei found in the subcutaneous cellular tissue could prove to be good for cloning purposes. ''The cell material is unique because it contains not just intact mammoth DNA but whole cells which have been perfectly preserved for 10,000 years,'' the Vektor press service said. The number of cells suitable for cloning was sufficient to enable the cloning experiment to be attempted more than once, it said.

[...] Eventually, he believes the resurrected mammoths could be released into a sanctuary in an uninhabited area in the north of the remote, frozen Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's far east, where present conditions resemble their original habitat.


2 Responses:

  1. cargoweasel says:

    FRINK: You've got to listen to me. Elementary chaos theory tells us that all mammoths will eventually turn against their masters and run amok, in an orgy of blood and the kicking and the biting with the enormous tusks and the hurting and shoving.

    SCIENTIST: How much time do we have, professor?

    FRINK: Well, according to my calculations, the mammoths won't go berserk for at least 24 hours

    (all mammoths turn against the humans)

    FRINK: Oh. I forgot to carry the one.

  2. retrodiva1 says:

    Heh, do you think they will make an amusement park to show them off? Quick call Steven Spielberg!