Mammoth genome sequence completed

by jeeg 24. April 2015 18:23
  An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. A US team is already attempting to study the animals' characteristics by inserting mammoth genes into elephant stem cells. They want to find out what made the mammoths different from their modern... [More]

Can scientists bring mammoths back to life by cloning?

by jeeg 11. February 2015 01:02
  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, w... [More]

Should We Resurrect Extinct Animals?

by jeeg 7. August 2014 22:46
  De-extinction is a subject which has fascinated people for many years, and what was once the subject of science fiction and hypothetical debate is now a very real possibility and one which requires some serious discussion. Scientists say that they now have the technology to begin the gene... [More]

Why Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back from the Dead Miss the Point

by jeeg 29. May 2013 00:03
“We will get woolly mammoths back.” So vowed environmentalist Stewart Brand at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., in February in laying out his vision for reviving extinct species. The mammoth isn't the only vanished creature Brand and other proponents of “de-extinctio... [More]

'De-Extinction' Of Woolly Mammoth & Other Ancient Animals Could Become Reality, Scientists Say

by jeeg 20. March 2013 22:30
Biologists briefly brought the extinct Pyrenean ibex back to life in 2003 by creating a clone from a frozen tissue sample harvested before the goat's entire population vanished in 2000. The clone survived just seven minutes after birth, but it gave scientists hope that "de-extinction," once a pi... [More]
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