Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mammoth DNA Briefly 'Woke Up' Inside Mouse Eggs.

But Cloning Mammoths Is Still a Pipe Dream


A handful of 28,0000-year-old woolly mammoth cell parts were recently "woken up" for a short time in a new experiment, but cloning the ice age beasts is still a long way off.

In the experiment, the researchers extracted cells from Yuka, a woolly mammoth mummy (Mammuthus primigenius) whose remains were discovered in the Siberian permafrost in 2011. Then, the scientists recovered the least-damaged nuclei (structures that contain genetic material) from each cell and popped the nuclei into mouse eggs. Read the whole article here.

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