Paleontologists representing North-Eastern Federal University, announced that they in collaboration with colleagues from South Korea are actively working on cloning mammoths. While such studies are in their infancy, the first results after a thorough inspection may be published in scientific journals in the foreseeable future.
NEFU has partnered with the Korea Foundation biotechnology research from 2012 in the framework of the project “revival of the mammoth”, one of the key objectives is to search the living cells of a mammoth that is suitable for cloning these extinct animals. As reported, recently the head of Yakutia Egor Borisov said that the region should build the world mammoth center, which would allow for more effective ways to revive the ancient giants.
In Yakutsk for quite some time, there is a Museum of a mammoth, and in October last year announced that it has opened a laboratory for the study of the tissues of extinct animals, which, as reported, will help to make the step to clone them.
Cloning mammoths is causing numerous disputes between different scientists and public figures, and it is as about how such a project will be implemented and how it is appropriate. Proponents of the idea that to clone a mammoth must claim that this achievement would lead to better study these animals and consequently, learn more about evolutionary processes in General. At the same time, many public figures you see in such projects only the desire to attract attention — increased attention to the mammoths, according to skeptics, due to the fact that these ancient animals are a kind of symbol. However, other people are wary of projects to revive mammoths not because I think them unnecessary, but simply due to the fact that they do not see them implemented in full: the supporters of this position argue that cloning technology has not yet been sufficiently worked out and the existing animals.
However, animal cloning to date is made all the more successfully — for example, it was recently announced that the new clones of the famous sheep Dolly lived for more than nine years — two times longer than the Dolly.Related posts: