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]

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]
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