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Japanese Researcher Looking to Bring Back Wooly Mammoths

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posted on Aug, 14 2006 @ 07:47 PM
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I'm not sure if there was a topic about this a few months ago or not, and the search never works for me, so..



Descendants of extinct mammals like the giant woolly mammoth
might one day walk the Earth again. It isn't exactly Jurassic Park,
but Japanese researchers are looking at the possibility of using
sperm from frozen animals to inseminate living relatives.

So far they've succeeded with mice—some frozen as long as 15
years—and lead researcher Dr. Atsuo Ogura says he would like to
try experiments in larger animals.

"If spermatozoa of extinct mammalian species can be retrieved from
animal bodies that were kept frozen for millions of years in permafrost,
live animals might be restored by injecting them into (eggs) from
females of closely related species,'' the researchers said in a paper
appearing in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy
of Sciences.


SOURCE:
LiveScience.com


I've seen a few articles/papers about this concept over the
last five years or so. I'm really hoping they find a viable
specimen/sample soon to perform the experiment/procedure on soon.
Seeing wooly mammoths would be cool, even if they are'nt purebred.

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posted on Aug, 14 2006 @ 09:52 PM
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I think this would be great !
Would love to see the huge mongering beast lug around our planet.
What happens if it does work though ? Does that mean we can bring back
huge bears and sabers too ? that would be cool to see.



posted on Aug, 14 2006 @ 11:12 PM
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Originally posted by R3KR
I think this would be great !
Would love to see the huge mongering beast lug around our planet.
What happens if it does work though ? Does that mean we can bring back
huge bears and sabers too ? that would be cool to see.


Well, if the process proves successful, and you can find viable
sperm from those extinct species, than there's no reason you
could'nt bring them back either.



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