View Full Version : 1st try fails to extract nucleus of mammoth cell for cloning ,,no mammoth burgers yet

rock hunter
03-21-2015, 12:57 AM
The disappointment over the failure to find well-preserved cells was revealed in Yakutsk by Dr Hwang Woo Sul, chief of South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, but the setback has made them more determined.
And Tuesday saw the opening of at the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutsk of Russia's first-ever centre for studying the DNA of mammoths and other extinct species.
'We have identified intact cells in the skin of the Malolyakhovsky Mammoth, discovered in Yakutia in 2013,' he said. 'But during an attempt to extract the nucleus they were destroyed. Here, in Yakutia, we shall take more samples for further research. We shall keep trying to extract the cell's nuclei with a view to cloning a mammoth.'
He emphasised: 'The University has all required know-how and knowledge for further research into mammoth cells.'
Hope of a breakthrough comes from both new searches for mammoth remains preserved in the permafrost, and further technological breakthroughs.
'For the successful cloning of a mammoth we need more preserved cells than the samples we obtained from the Malolyahovsky mammoth,' he said.