Russian Mammoth Remains Give Glimmer of Hope for Cloning

Russian Mammoth Remains Give Glimmer of Hope for Cloning

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Scientists who found well preserved woolly mammoth remains in a remote part of Russia hope they might contain the necessary material to clone the long extinct beast. The Russian-led international team found the remains, including fur and bone marrow, with some cell nuclei intact, in the Ust-Yansk area of the Yakutia region on Russia’s Arctic coast.

The next step will be to search for living cells among the material which was preserved in the Siberian permafrost, said the Russian scientist who led the expedition. Scientists have made several attempts to revive mammoths using cells of remains since 1990s, none of them successful.

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