Mammoth cloning breakthrough could save endangered species

Could we visit a real ‘Jurassic Park’ in as little as four years? When Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster was released in 1993 who would have thought that real scientists could resurrect a long extinct species before the legendary sci-fi fantasy reached its silver anniversary? Even as ‘Jurassic Park’ was being produced scientists were extracting cells from the tissue of woolly mammoths found in the Siberian permafrost, however their attempts ended in failure because of the extensive damage caused by the extreme cold.   The UK Telegraph reports that a new breakthrough developed two years ago by Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama at the Riken Center of Developmental Biology has given new life to the mammoth cloning project. Dr. Wakayama successfully cloned a mouse from the nuclei of donor cells extracted from another mouse which had been frozen for a period of 16 years.   Using Wakayama’s new technique as a springboard, Professor Akira Iritani...(Read Full Post)