Friday, November 21, 2008

Cloning the woolly mammoth

Michael Crichton wasn't so far off.

Despite it's extinction over 10,000 years ago, the woolly mammoth could be making a comeback soon. Scientists are slowly collecting more genetic information on the ancient elephant, and with a complete genome, cloning is plausible.

Stephan Schuster, a Penn State University biochemistry professor and co-author of the research explains, "This really is the first time that we have been able to study an extinct animal in the same detail as the ones living in our own time."

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