Surprised by the level of preservation, a team of scientists believe they will have good quality DNA to attempt a mammoth rebirth.
Scientists have claimed they have a “good chance” of cloning a woolly mammoth which has been frozen for the past 43,000 years.
The international team of scientists at the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, Siberia, believe they can extract DNA taken from the blood of the animal to mix it with that of an elephant.
The team, made up of scientists from several countries including Russia, US, UK, South Korea and Denmark, said the DNA taken from the autopsy could provide the perfect material for cloning.
The well preserved carcass was even better preserved than thought. It had intact blood vessels with haemolysed blood that contained erythrocytes. There was also very well preserved muscle and fat. The material would be used to inject into an elephant egg. So, this will not be a pure mammoth but a cross. Will it work? Likely not, perhaps eventually. Should it be done is another question entirely.
Additional issue regarding the survival of the hybrid embryo include compatibility of the elephant host and bacteria necessary for life.
There is also significant reason for skepticism about this project as we’ve reported before.