The Telegraph has reported that the long extinct woolly mammoth could be brought back to life in as little as four years thanks to a breakthrough in cloning technology.

Previous efforts in the 1990s to recover nuclei in cells from the skin and muscle tissue from frozen woolly mammoths found in the Siberian permafrost failed because they had been too badly damaged by the extreme cold in which they had been encased for thousands of years.

But, in 2008, a technique pioneered by Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama — of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology — was successful in cloning a mouse from the cells of another mouse that had been frozen for 16 years.

Now that hurdle has been overcome a professor at Kyoto University, Professor Akira Iritani, is reactivating his campaign to resurrect the species that died out 5,000 years ago:

“Now the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth.”

He intends to use Wakayama’s technique to identify the nuclei of viable mammoth cells before extracting the healthy ones.The nuclei will then be inserted into the egg cells of an African elephant, which will act as the surrogate mother for the mammoth, possibly making the creature FORMERLY EXTINCT.

Iritani has announced plans to travel to Siberia in the summer to search for mammoths in the permafrost and to recover a sample of skin or tissue. If he is unsuccessful, he will ask Russian scientists to provide a sample from one of their finds:

“The success rate in the cloning of cattle was poor until recently but now stands at about 30 percent. I think we have a reasonable chance of success and a healthy mammoth could be born in four or five years.”

  • tiknihttuoba

    This is great and all…. but why do we need a woolly mammoth? All you would accomplish is cloning it then have it sit in zoo like display to be exploited (just like everything else) while people pay crazy ammounts of money to go see it. What benefit does this have to human life and our planet as a whole?

  • Johan Mathiesen

    Oh great, how would you like to be the only woolly mammoth on earth? Or even part of a clutch of, say, ten? And where would this mammoth live? In a zoo? How wonderful, bring back an extinct animal for which there is no longer any environment and keep them alive in cages for our amusement. How clever and wonderful we are.

  • Amy Amy

    Acting as God is a huge sin. These scientist better think of their eternal souls after reanimating an animal God himself declared extinct! Next they will want to clone dinosaurs…wait, hopefully there are no tissue samples from them. Yikes a pterodactyl is on the loose. Hide!

    • Amy Amy You’re at an article about CLONING ANIMALS.

  • Darcey

    just think of all the animals we could bring back from extinction that man has killed off. and I think they would use it for scientific research because of their mass, diet and wool and it would probably help those scientist understand more of what life was like back then. and Amy Amy… they are scientists I pretty sure they aren’t afraid of “god”

  • We Helped kill it ,do your research . The nomadic Indians slaughter whole species out.look what almost happened to the bison in the 1800s. There is habitable Serbian and Alaskan and northern Canadian tundra where mammoth would thrive. we owe it too them to bring them back. Then make them a protected species same goes from the dodo

  • rick wagner

    Woolly mammoth existed on Wrangle Island until about 4,000 years ago, long after the last ice age. People have been in North America much longer than previously known, certainly well before the last ice age. True, humans were, and are, the deciding factor in wildlife populations. Bring them back. While we are at it, lets step aside a bit and let the megafauna we still have expand. Yes, even to the extent that we restore the migratory herds, and the predators, that once existed everywhere in North America. That process has already begun, to a tiny degree. We have been incredibly selfish. God did not declare his creations extinct, WE did! While we are at it, get your house cats inside already!!! BTW, I am a hunter, not quite the leftie that you may have assumed.