Ooh Ooh -- Do Dinosaurs Next!: Scientists Recreate Woolly Mammoth Blood

May 4, 2010


A group of scientists from around the world have successfully recreated woolly mammoth blood, reigniting the Geekologie Writer's hopes of some steamy dino lovin' in the not-too-distant future. You know, it's amazing what scientists can accomplish when they're not busy perving out on robots all day long.

The process uses DNA extracted from 43,000-year-old mammoth bones and then duplicated inside E. coli bacteria cells. It could easily be adapted to other extinct species, the researchers say, suggesting future medical labs full of dinosaur blood (if not full-fledged dinos).

They converted the blood DNA sequences into RNA, and inserted them into E. coli bacteria. The bacteria acted as RNA factories, manufacturing authentic mammoth protein.

The resulting hemoglobin molecules are no different than taking a blood sample from a real woolly mammoth, Cooper said.

The concept could conceivably be used for any extinct species, as long as scientists have DNA samples.

Listen: I want our top people working on dino-cloning, STAT. That includes you, Stephen Hawking. I don't care if physics is your bag, you're gonna make me a dino gotdamnit.

Resurrection Researchers Recreate Woolly Mammoth Protein in Living Cell [popsci]

Thanks to Tom and Kristina, who are both pro-clone because they want multiple versions of themselves to do housework. JUST HIRE A MAID.

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