Friday, January 14, 2011

The Return of the Wooly Mammoth?

Mammoth could be reborn in four years:
The woolly mammoth, extinct for thousands of years, could be brought back to life in as little as four years thanks to a breakthrough in cloning technology... 
I found a piece of mammoth tooth on the beach once.  I wonder if we can get them released back into the wild in Southern Maryland.

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OK,  maybe that's not the best idea...

...Akira Iritani, a professor at Kyoto University, is reactivating his campaign to resurrect the species that died out 5,000 years ago.

"Now the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth," he told The Daily Telegraph.

They've found fresh enough mammoth meat in Siberia, that they ate some to test it.  Of course, taste standards in Siberia are likely a bit different than ours.  Enough vodka and anything will be tasty

He has announced plans to travel to Siberia in the summer to search for mammoths in the permafrost and to recover a sample of skin or tissue that can be as small as 3cm square. If he is unsuccessful, the professor said, he will ask Russian scientists to provide a sample from one of their finds.

"The success rate in the cloning of cattle was poor until recently but now stands at about 30 per cent," he said. "I think we have a reasonable chance of success and a healthy mammoth could be born in four or five years."
Of course, if we do release mammoths in the wild, we'll need to revive the proper predator to keep them in control...

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No, I meant the sabertooth cat, not the cave girl.  She scares me...

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