Scientists Hope To Clone A Woolly Mammoth Using 10,000 Year Old Mammoth Skin Preserved In Permafrost

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Oct. 9 2015, Updated 5:45 p.m. ET

Russian scientists are working with cloning experts in South Korea to resurrect the extinct woolly mammoth. The scientists hope to find living cells on a piece of 10,000 year old mammoth skin found preserved in permafrost. If living cells are found, the group plans to use the eggs of the woolly mammoth’s closest living relative, the Asian elephant, for the cloning process.

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The Daily Mail reports that researchers with the North-Eastern Federal University in Russia has signed an agreement to cooperate with the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in Seoul, South Korea, and the Beijing Genomics Institute for the woolly mammoth cloning project. The scientists hope to clone the extinct mammoths with genetic material secured from a 10,000 year old piece of mammoth skin found preserved in permafrost. The skin specimen was uncovered in the Lyakhovsky Islands which is thought to be one of the last refuges for the large beasts before they became extinct.

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