Potentially Cloneable Wooly Mammoth Found In Siberia

October 19, 2012


Scientists are investigating a well preserved woolly mammoth carcass discovered in Siberia with the hopes of finding living cells inside and cloning one of the beasts. It's a far cry from a dinosaur, but I'd still ride one into battle against the giants.

Russia's North-Eastern Federal University said an international team of researchers had discovered mammoth hair, soft tissues and bone marrow some 328 feet (100 meters) underground during a summer expedition in the northeastern province of Yakutia.

Expedition chief Semyon Grigoryev said Korean scientists with the team had set a goal of finding living cells in the hope of cloning a mammoth. Scientists have previously found bones and fragments but not living cells.

Now I know what you're thinking, and no, I don't want to bang one. It's not a dinosaur. Just because they cloned something that was extinct doesn't mean I want to get intimate with it. That would be like going to a bar with the intention of making out with the hottest girl there and settling for dry-humping a barstool. I have standards, folks. They're low, but they're standards.

Thanks to Jen, who's still not convinced we won't be able to clone dinosaurs one day. Same, Jen -- KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE.

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