After 10,000 years frozen in ice, a female woolly mammoth has been found with her muscle tissue and blood intact and will be made available to scientists for study, reports the May 29, 2013 Fox news article, “Woolly mammoth blood recovered from frozen carcass, Russian scientists say.” The Siberian Times, also reports that the blood now will be made available to South Korean scientists seeking to use mammoth DNA to bring creatures back to life. Poke a frozen mammoth and what do you find? In this case, flowing blood and muscle tissue, ripe for DNA cloning.
If the animal is cloned, only female mammoths would be produced, since as yet no male mammoths have been found with their blood and muscle tissue flowing, at least to date. But the Siberian islands may have more mammoths preserved and frozen in their ice tombs for 10,000 years. There’s also a possibility a human might be frozen for that long, if the possibility exists.
How would the mammoth be cloned, if scientists decide to bring back the species
The possible route is that since, the mammoth’s blood comes from a female animal, its DNA could be implanted into a living female elephant and cloned to produce a mammoth, which hasn’t been seen by humans or other animals in the past 10,000 years. Will this be one Jurassic-Park type experiment of an elephant-like creature, only bigger and taller with long woolly hair?
How many clones will be made, if scientists are able to do so? Will a herd of female mammoths be created so the creature wouldn’t stand alone? Another possibility is for the animal to join a herd of elephants, should the scientists even be able to clone a mammoth. The female clone wouldn’t have a male mammoth to mate with, but it could be reproduced by cloning similar to the way cows or lambs are cloned.
Who found the mammoth?
A researcher from the Museum of Mammoths of the Institute of Applied Ecology at the North-Eastern Federal University working near a carcass of a female mammoth found on a remote island in the Arctic ocean off the coast of Siberia. The Russian scientists claim they have discovered blood in the carcass of a woolly mammoth and this blood could be used to bring the mammoth back from the extinction, according to the Daily Mail article, “Woolly mammoths could be brought back from extinction after scientists discover blood and muscle tissue buried in an ice tomb for 10,000 years .”
The Daily Mail interviewed Semyon Grigoriev, head of the Museum of Mammoths of the Institute of Applied Ecology of the North at the North Eastern Federal University, who was interviewed by The Siberian Times. For further information, check out the May 29, 2013 Yahoo News article, “Scientists say newly discovered woolly mammoth blood boosts cloning prospects .”