Back To Life: Ruskies Claim They Have Enough Woolly Mammoth DNA To Begin Cloning
Thanks to the well preserved specimen found last summer, Russian scientists now claim they have enough viable woolly mammoth DNA to clone one of the beasts. Obviously, I will be the first person to ride it. And probably the last. Watch us jump this volcano!
"The data we are about to receive will give us a high chance to clone the mammoth," Radik Khayrullin, of the Russian Association of Medical Anthropologists, told the Siberian Times.
Researchers at Russia's North-Eastern Federal University discovered the remains-- mammoth hair, soft tissues and bone marrow -- in the northeastern province of Yakutia.
During the autopsy, they were surprised to find an incredibly well preserved corpse -- better, in fact, than "a body of a human buried for six months," another scientist told the Times.
Wow, a corpse better preserved than the "body of a human buried for six months". That really evokes some sweet mental imagery, doesn't it? And right before lunch! Lucky us. You know, it's a shame nobody really cares about cloning woolly mammoths. It's true -- what's the first thing you think when somebody mentions cloning woolly mammoths? "But what about dinosaurs?" Exactly.
Thanks to Mon (the day?!), who agrees we should all clone ourselves so we can go to work and make money but stay home and play video games at the same time. I'M IN.