„High Chance“ to clone a Mammoth

Vor einem Jahr haben sie in Sibirien ein gefrorenes Mammut gefunden, aus dem frisches Blut geflossen sein soll. Jetzt haben sie das Ex-FederWollvieh auseinandergenommen, dabei festgestellt, dass es 43.000 statt 10.000 Jahre alt ist und die Blutproben scheinen mehr als brauchbar. Außerdem haben sie eine super Mammut-Leber und schätzen die Chancen auf ein geklontes Mammut aus dem gefundenen Zellmaterial als „sehr hoch“ ein.

Radik Khayrullin, vice president of the Russian Association of Medical Anthropologists, said in Yakutsk: 'The data we are about to receive will give us a high chance to clone the mammoth.'

Mr Khayrullin also acknowledged that the mammoth cannot be identical to the creatures that become extinct between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago. 'It will be a different mammoth to the one living 43,000 years ago, specially taking into account that there will be interbreeding with a female elephant.' If and when experiments begin, an elephant will be the surrogate mother, enabling the species to be brought back from the dead.

'We have dissected the soft tissues of the mammoth - and I must say that we didn't expect such results. The carcass that is more than 43,000 years old has preserved better than a body of a human buried for six months. The tissue cut clearly shows blood vessels with strong walls. Inside the vessels there is haemolysed blood, where for the first time we have found erythrocytes. Muscle and adipose tissues are well preserved. We also have the mammoth's liver - very well preserved, too, and looks like with some solid fragments inside it. We haven't managed to study them yet, but the first suggestion is that possibly these are kidney stones.'

Siberian scientists announce they now have a 'high chance' to clone the woolly mammoth (via /.)

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