Saturday, 15 September 2012

Mammoth hunt: Perfectly preserved Siberian mammoth fossils spread cloning rumor


Russian scientists in Siberia have discovered the perfectly preserved remains of a mammoth that reportedly contain living cells. The findings have sparked media speculation over the possible cloning of the wooly Ice Age giant.
The scientists were quick to deny the report of living cells, calling it“a misunderstanding.”
However, the international expedition Yana 2012 did find plenty of rich research material while digging in Yakutia, in Russia's east. But it is too early to say anything about living cells, not to mention cloning, Semyon Grigoriev, head of the expedition, told RT.
At a depth of 100 meters scientists discovered the soft tissue, fat tissue, wool and bone marrow of a mammoth. However, the materials have not been checked for living cells.
The findings are to be sent to Seoul, South Korea, where scientists will determine whether there are any living cells in the material.
But the media have already begun speculating about the possibility of cloning the Ice Age titan. Some reports suggested that controversial South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk had already expressed interest in Yana 2012's findings.
Hwang, who became infamous for faking experiments in the field of stem cell research, has repeatedly spoken about cloning mammoths. In March, Russia's North-Eastern Federal University and Hwang signed an agreement hoping to produce a living mammoth within six years.
Experts from the Russian Academy of Science strongly doubt the possibility of discovering living cells in the mammoth's remains.

No comments:

Post a comment

You only need to enter your comment once! Comments will appear once they have been moderated. This is so as to stop the would-be comedian who has been spamming the comments here with inane and often offensive remarks. You know who you are!

Related Posts with Thumbnails

ShareThis