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Russian and Japanese scientists are hoping to clone mammoths from what they think are the legs of the extinct animal discovered in Russia's northern Yakutsk region.
Specimens of the animal discovered last year have arrived at Kinki University's Gifu Science and Technology Centre in western Japan.
1. remove soft tissue from one frozen mammoth
2. attempt to identify a complete strand of DNA
3. extract an egg from a female of the mammoth's closest living relative, the Asian elephant
4. irradiate that egg to destroy its existing DNA
5. take the mammoth DNA and insert it into the elephant egg
6. using in-vitro fertilization, insert the egg into the female elephant
7. wait 22 months (the gestation period of an elephant)
8. raise and care for the baby mammoth
At every step, the complications mount. To begin with, suitable soft tissue has not been found, which means at this point, the cloning effort is halted at step one. Even if soft tissue becomes available, it will obviously be very old, and quite likely badly degraded at the cellular level. Because of that, there might be short fragments of DNA still available, but to get a fully-usable strand will be nearly impossible — a little less likely than finding a needle in a haystack. Many scientists, including geneticists and molecular biologists, think mammoth cloning has no chance of working, based on the challenge of finding intact DNA alone.