December 7th, 2008

Spiral

Cloning a Mammoth

1:33 PM 12/7/2008 · I originally heard about this on The Colbert Report, which is not exactly the most credulous source in the world, but it sounded vaguely familiar so I did a little digging.

December 4, 2008: Nicholas Wade: Nicholas Wade explains why he's going to all the trouble of recreating a woolly mammoth.


Regenerating a Mammoth for $10 Million - NYTimes.com
A woolly mammoth hair ball. Hairs like these were used to sequence the mammoth genome.

If you want to clone a baby mammoth, for goodness' sake keep it frozen!
Nicholas Wade writes to answer the mammoth cloning question. I know, nobody cares about anything else. It's always, "Clone, clone, clone!"

Genetics & Society: Regenerating a Mammoth for $10 Million
In the case of resurrecting the mammoth, Dr. Church said, the process would begin by taking a skin cell from an elephant and converting it to the embryonic state with a method developed last year by Dr. Shinya Yamanaka for reprogramming cells.

It might be kinda cool if they could do it but I see issues. Not the least of which is a certain scene from th series Primeval.