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Originally posted by The Chez
There's not actualy that much needed to pull this off either. All whoever would need is a few remote off the map islands, some tropical, some frozen etc (to mimic suitable habitats) and scientists willing to do the cloning. Think there are THOUSANDS of tiny islands round the south pacific & polar regions that would be perfect hiding places for such a project.
I've scoured the internet looking for someone with this idea, bot so far I've found NOTHING. Maybe thats more reason to thing there is SOMETHING going on in this area of science. It is afterall possible to clone living beings, we've seen it in dogs & sheep so why not mammoths, dodo's, thylacene's & dinosaurs? One problem is finding suitable surrogates I spose, but modern day animals would provide a good start, for example the elephant would carry the mammoth, the pigeon would carry the dodo so on so forth.
Shortly before its death, scientists preserved skin samples of the goat, a subspecies of the Spanish ibex that live in mountain ranges across the country, in liquid nitrogen. Using DNA taken from these skin samples, the scientists were able to replace the genetic material in eggs from domestic goats, to clone a female Pyrenean ibex, or bucardo as they are known. It is the first time an extinct animal has been cloned. Sadly, the newborn ibex kid died shortly after birth due to physical defects in its lungs. Other cloned animals, including sheep, have been born with similar lung defect
Poinar focused the majority of his presentation on addressing his work in locating and isolating mammoth DNA. In one research expedition to Siberia, he and his team analyzed the DNA of numerous mammoth specimens taken from a shelf of permafrost that had been preserved by Siberian researchers in an “ice cave” formerly used to store Soviet nuclear weapons. “Here you have the blood of a 60,000-year-old mammoth squirting out,” Poinar said. “It’s really quite amazing.”
He then went on to explain that the specimens collected from the Siberian site yielded approximately 14 million base-pairs of mammoth DNA in the course of about five hours.