The Woolly Mammoth May Be Cloned In 5 Years

Posted Dec 4, 2011

The Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) is an extinct animal that was first recorded in deposits of the second last glaciation in Eurasia. The animal was believed to be roaming the Earth from about 150,000 years ago up until about 10,000 years ago and a dwarfed race of the animal believed to be still living on Wrangel Island until about 1700 B.C. Apparently scientists have been trying to clone the woolly mammoth for years, but have not been very successful until recent years.

Scientists at Kinki University and the Sakha Republic’s mammoth museum recently discovered well preserved marrow in a thigh bone discovered in Siberia buried under the permafrost. The marrow is in good condition and the cells’ DNA can be used to replace the nuclei of elephant egg cells. This allows scientists to create mammoth embryos.

The two teams would then plan these embryos inside the wombs of elephant mothers so that they can grow until the birth. Some people believe that the woolly mammoth should stay extinct and that we shouldn’t play with nature. But theories say that humans actually drove the woolly mammoth to extinction for food and clothing purposes.