Woolly Mammoth Could Soon Be Resurrected

Scientist says extinct beasts could be back within 4 years
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2011 1:19 AM CST
Updated Jan 16, 2011 7:52 AM CST

(Newser) – Woolly mammoths could be walking the Earth again in as little as four years, according to a Japanese scientist. A technique pioneered in 2008 successfully cloned a mouse from the cells of a mouse frozen for 16 years, and the professor believes he can use the same technique to resurrect the mammoth, which has been extinct for 5,000 years.

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"Now the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth," the professor tells the Telegraph. He plans to travel to Siberia this summer to search for mammoths in the permafrost. When a suitable sample is found, he aims to use an elephant for the surrogate mother. He estimates the elephant can be impregnated within two years, followed by a 600-day gestation period. (Read more woolly mammoth stories.)

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