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Japanese and Russian scientists are going to try to bring a woolly mammoth back from extinction.
AFP reports that the scientists will replace the nuclei of elephant egg cells with DNA from a mammoth thigh's bone marrow.
Teams from Russia's Sakha Republic mammoth museum and Japan's Kinki University will work together on the mammoth cloning project.
Because elephants and mammoths are so closely related, the scientists believe that they could have a clone in the next five to six years.
Mammoths went extinct about 10,000 years ago, and until this past summer, scientists have had trouble finding high quality DNA samples to clone with. But archaeologists discovered a well-preserved mammoth thigh bone in Siberia this past August.
The experiment sounds a lot like a real-life version of Jurassic Park, and it may set a precedent for bringing other extinct species back to life in the future using cloning methods.
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