Zombie Mammoth

Photo: Reuters We have had those dreams were we are living among animals that have long been extinct, living life like the Flintstones. In Japan, they are working on making those dreams kind of come true.

A team of scientists based out of Japan believes they will be able give birth to a mammoth, as in the great woolly mammoth that has been extinct for over 1,000 years, in five to six years.

How they plan to do this, is no Jurassic Park Science, they plan to “extract the nuclei of eggs–only 2 percent to 3 percent are in good condition–without damaging them” from a mammoth carcass preserved in a Russian Mammoth research laboratory*.[1]

The team, lead by Prof. Akira Iritani, a professor emeritus of Kyoto University, will then insert the nuclei into an African elephant’s egg cells to create a mammoth embryo. Finally “embryo will then be inserted into an elephant’s womb in the hope that the animal will give birth to a baby mammoth”.

I feel like this is a danger zone for the elephant. From what I know, we have no idea what a mammoth birth is like. If I was that elephant; I would be nervous.

Besides the poor elephant, still do not think this is a good idea. They are extinct for a reason. So sad, too bad. But I feel like this could create a Pandora’s box effect. People have already started to clone their dead dogs.

I will admit it would be cool to go to a real Jurassic Park or have mini dinosaurs as pets like in Prehysteria! But overall I feel like, if it is dead it is dead, and that is how it should be.



[1] Yomiuri Shimbun, Scientists aim to bring mammoth back to life, 13 1 2011, 18 1 2011 <http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/science/T110108003296.htm&gt;.

*Why does Russia even have a mammoth research laboratory? I mean, they have been extinct for over a 1,000 years. Talk about earmark, pork belly spending. I guess they are still looking for their Sarah Palin over there.



One Response to Zombie Mammoth

  1. CJ says:

    That dude looks like he’s so into the frozen mammoth.

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