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Japanese and Russian boffins are planning to impregnate an elephant with a mammoth embryo cloned from viable fossil DNA discovered frozen beneath the icy Siberian tundra, according to reports. AFP reports that a joint team of boffins from Japan and Russia discovered mammoth DNA - which they consider to be in good enough …
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I saw a TV program about this about 10 years ago just afer they found the frozen baby mamoth.
The program was mainly about how they were going to defrost and examine the remanes.
They talked about the prospect of cloning then, and suggested that elephant DNA would be sifficianty similar to allow cross breeding, and that with careful breeding they should be able to get to a high percentage Mamoth (my memory is of 90+%).
A hybrid would be known as a mammophant or elemoth (depending which species were mother and father). Just imagine a herd of elemoths roaming - or gliding, on Dumbo-like ears? - across the plains of Siberia... Russia is in with a chance on this program but I think Japan is going to lose out, they don't have the room.
They're planning to denucleate an elephant egg and transplant a mammoth nucleus into it. That's the exact same technique that worked well enough to produce Dolly the sheep.
On an unrelated point, why is everyone calling it "fossil" DNA? If it's to stand a chance of working at all, it has to be actual real DNA that was preserved by freezing, not the petrified/calcified outline of a place where DNA used to be, which is the usual meaning of "fossil" anything.
>They should bring back the dodo too, that was apparently tasty enough to be made extinct from it's edibility.
ISTR that's a myth as "tasty" is entirely subjective. After having sailed halfway around the world on a diet of salted pork and weevil-ridden biscuits, anything living that's a bit crap at running away qualifies.
Fossil remains of the later mammoths show signs of endemic disease -- some scientists feel it's unlikely that human hunting could have made a significant impact on the mammoth population.
There's also no evidence that people ate significant numbers of dodos either -- there are two or three records of people trying and it was reportedly one of the foulest-tasting greasiest meats thay had encountered. Modern thought is that the dodo was actually killed off by white man's eternal travelling companion: the rat. Rats are now well-known for wiping out ground-nesting bird habitats by eating their eggs, and the dodo was a ground-nesting bird....
...if this is successful, will the mammoth immediately be put on the 'endangered species' list? Will poachers immediately thereafter shoot it for its tusks, valued in China as an aphrodisiac? Will the mammoth be airlifted to an appropriate tundra-ish terrain so it can supply a footage reel for one of those Discovery channel shows about some extinct animal?
Also, will el Reg please STOP USING those caps? I know why they're there, but they STOPPED BEING FUNNY a long time ago, particularly for people who don't READ BRITISH TABLOIDS. THANKS.
Don't clones typically exhibit a myriad of health problems and die relatively young? I know that Dolly died about the same time as her much older mother/donor/whatever the appropriate term is. Have they ever worked out that problem with cloning or do they still tend towards those kinds of problems? If they haven't gotten that worked out then there's really not much point in bringing back an extinct species like this.
"Dolly died about the same time as her much older mother/donor/whatever the appropriate term is."
Well, the problem is two-fold - first, issues with cloning itself, but mainly that the press, the appearances, and the entourage just went to her head. She went to too many parties, started in on the drink and the drugs... near the end she was hitting the nose candy pretty hard, and rumor has it that she was getting sheared three times a week.
It was inevitable, sad to say - Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Dolly the Sheep. There's only so much your body can handle.
You may think you're invincible, but eventually, it wool catch up with you.
Depends on the species.
Some clones (sheep, mice) have had shortened lives; others (like cows) have not. Though to be fair, Dolly the sheep died of a viral infection called Jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus, which also killed some of the other sheep at the same research facility, so it's not actually clear that being a clone had anything to do with it.
Won't this result in rampant mammoths multiplying out of control, taking over the whole world because we brought them back without their predators?
Of course, you could predict all this with..... CHAOS MATHEMATICS!
But then.... one of the many BOFHs here will solve the crisis, because THIS is UNIX... and... WE KNOW UNIX!
Yes, that's my coat.... clever girl.
12. Thylacine (they look cute, and who doesn't want a vicious stripy marsupial wolf?)
13. Diprotodon - Giant Wombat - size of small car, you could ride one to work! Environmentally friendly!
14. Procoptodon Goliah - Giant Kangaroo - 3-4m tall, 230kg. see above, but FASTER!
15. Wonambi Naracoortensis - 6m long ambush-predator SNAKE! Lets see you get this snake off a plane!
16. Zaglossus Hacketti - Giant Echidna - sheep sized, if you kept them with sheep you could have a source of wool and knitting needles!
17. Dromornis Stirtoni - Bloody Giant Emu-thing. Heavier than a Moa. Bigger than Aepyornis. 500kg of Angry Bird. 1 bird would make about 250,000 nuggets.
18. Varanus Priscus - a TWO tonne, 7m goanna, which would use Komodo Dragons as toothpicks.
19. Bluff Downs Giant Python - 10m long. Fear it.
20. Quinkana - 7m long, long legged land-dwelling crocodile that could chase down mammals & birds, probably also small cars.
21. Meiolania - 2.5m long turtle. So what? It was an EXTREME turtle - horned bill, covered in armoured spikes.
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