Russian, Korean Scientists Look to Revive Mammoth
Hwang Woo-Suk, the man who faked human stem cell research, is involved
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2012 11:22 AM CDT
Updated Mar 17, 2012 7:00 AM CDT
This undated handout provided by ExhibitEase LLC shows a 3D computer generated Image of woolly mammoth emerging from ice block.   (AP Photo/Mammoth Genome Project, Steven W. Marcus)

(Newser) – The woolly mammoth may be on the comeback trail, thanks to a deal signed today between prominent Russian and South Korean scientists to collaborate on efforts to clone the extinct prehistoric beast. Vasily Vasiliev, of the North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, forged the pact with controversial cloning expert Hwang Woo-Suk—who you might remember as the guy who faked the cloning of a human egg, the AFP reports.

Hwang does have some serious credentials, however; he legitimately produced the world's first cloned dog, and his efforts on human stem cells accidentally yielded a huge breakthrough in parthenogenesis. Hwang's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation will transfer technology to Vasiliev's university, which is already working with Japanese researchers on cloning the mammoth. "This will be a really tough job," one of Hwang's colleague says, "but we believe it is possible because our institute is good at cloning animals."

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Mar 18, 2012 10:25 AM CDT
The GOP has been trying to do that too. Hasn't worked so far. But then they're using the power of faith and prayer rather than science. They might have more luck with science. If they had faith in it.
Mar 17, 2012 10:55 AM CDT
Putin will never allow this. No one can be as popular as that Dinosaur, that relic of the Soviet era.
Mar 17, 2012 9:56 AM CDT
look I know your going for sensational headings, but come on buy a dictionary, they are not trying to revive a mammoth. They are trying to clone a mammoth, or they are trying to revive mammoths(as in the species).