05 Dec '11, 6am

Scientists Close to Reviving Wooly Mammoths From Extinction

Scientists Close to Reviving Wooly Mammoths From Extinction

Thousands of years ago, Wooly mammoths were pretty much wiped off the face of the Earth from a likely combination of climate change and over-hunting from humans. But now, about 450 generations after our ancestors armed themselves with sharpened sticks to kill mammoths, scientists are now working to revive them -- and they're actually incredibly close to doing it. Japanese and Russian researchers are suggesting that in just five short years the currently extinct Wooly mammoth may roam again thanks to advancements in cloning science, offering a bit of hope for countless other species that have already perished at the hands of humans. A report from PhysOrg outlines the surprisingly-easy sounding process of bringing an extinct species back to life: By replacing the nuclei of egg cells from an elephant with those taken from the mammoth's marrow cells, embryos with mammoth DNA c...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/scientists-clo...

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