Scientists may be able to bring the woolly mammoth back to life

Woolly Mammoth CloningI have always hoped that one day we might be able to clone woolly mammoths. Research on duplicating the colossal beasts has been conducted since the late 1990s, but the arduous plans are yet to become reality.

Now scientists from Japan and Russia are planning to bring the long-extinct mammals back to life by cloning a well-preserved bone marrow that was recovered in Siberia. The scientists believe they can take DNA from the bone’s marrow cells and use elephant egg cells and surrogates to birth a baby mammoth, as the two species are closely related.

Most woolly mammoth populations disappeared at the end of the Pleistocene or about 10,000 years ago. I’m not sure how the modern day woolly mammoth will adjust to Earth’s current climate but I think riding to work on an enormous beast would be amazing.

[Hat tip to Wired.com]