Will scientists be able to bring mammoths back to life by cloning?

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This photo shows a museum worker inspecting a replica of a woolly mammoth. Credit: Photo by Jonathan S. Blair/National Geographic

This photo shows a museum worker inspecting a replica of a woolly mammoth.
Credit: Photo by Jonathan S. Blair/National Geographic

When Dolly the sheep was cloned from the mammary cell of a Finn-Dorset sheep in 1996, the public imagined growing identical copies of all sorts of animals. The process, known as somatic cloning, tempted us with the idea that if we could obtain just a single working nucleus from any cell, we could reproduce the entire animal. Scientists’ minds jumped quickly to woolly mammoths, which became extinct 4,000 years ago. The frozen carcasses that occasionally emerge from the Earth’s melting permafrost offer a trove of well-preserved soft tissue and hair. The University of Pennsylvania has made major progress reconstructing the mammoth’s genome. Two groups of scientists have announced plans to clone the mammoth. Read Full Article



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