Forget Them, Skip Straight To The Dinos!: Scientists One Step Closer To Mammoth Cloning

December 6, 2011


Determined to keep good on their promise to clone mammoths in the near future, scientists claim they're one step closer after finding well preserved marrow in the thighbone of a specimen during a recent dig. No word if anybody's tried making mammoth broth with it yet.

By transplanting nuclei taken from the marrow cells into elephant egg cells whose nuclei have been removed through a cloning technique, embryos with a mammoth gene could be produced and planted into elephant wombs, as the two species are close relatives, they said.

But cell nuclei are usually damaged or have not been kept in a frozen state even when they have been found in a good overall condition, a Russian museum official said.

This time, however, there is a high likelihood that biologically active nuclei can be extracted as the frozen marrow found when museum scientists cut open the thighbone Nov. 13 was fresh and in excellent condition, according to the official.

Oh man, can you imagine the look on the husband elephant's face when his wife gives birth to a mammoth? I bet you didn't even think of that, did you, scientists? HOMEWRECKERS! That said, I'm ready and willing to carry a dino baby to full term. Call Text Sext me.

Scientists a step closer to cloning mammoth [japantimes]

Thanks to Bradley, Pesche and Sam, who agree mammoths are just hairy elephants AND A WASTE OF OUR CLONING RESOURCES.

  • jaime_arg

    I guess we're going to have to fix global warming, then. Wouldn't want to bring a mammoth into this glacier-melting world.

  • AGirlNamedMichael

    All joking aside, this is disgusting. They want to clone a huge animal, that will never EVER see anything but the cage they put it in.  They're so preoccupied with whether or not they CAN they aren't thinking about whether or not they SHOULD. 

  • Raptor_1

    Stood on the shoulders of geniuses, etc, etc, etc.

    They were so preoccupied thinking if they COULD, they did not STOP to think if they SHOULD.

  • Meewok

    We can clone and reintroduce extinct species, but we can't prevent others from going out or bring back those that have just died out... wonderful

  • jaime_arg

    like the western black rhino that was just declared extinct. If they knew how many there were, and saw that less than 10 were alive, why not capture them and make them mate?

  • Guest

    Wouldn't this affect the size of the calf being developed?

  • clone Jesus already!

  • Guest

    with a dash of Raptor DNA.

  • You know what I see?  99-cents-a-gallon gasoline.  That's what I see.

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