A group of scientists will try to clone a mammoth

According to scientists, mammoths lived about 350, 000 years ago. The ice age became fatal for them. However, there was a timid hope that the extinct mammoths could be resurrected by cloning.

A unique laboratory has opened in Yakutsk, where the remains of extinct animals found in permafrost are being studied. The capital of Yakutia is rightfully considered one of the coldest cities in the world, and the Republic of Yakutia (Sakha) itself is a place where in recent years scientists regularly find frozen carcasses of ancient animals.

One of the priority international programs of the local North-Eastern Federal University is devoted to the revival of mammoths and other fossil animals by cloning. The program was headed by the head of the Mammoth Museum Semyon Grigoriev. Together with Russian scientists, their colleagues from China and South Korea (Institute of Genomics, Beijing and Soam Biotech, Seoul) are participating in the project.

For cloning, you will need well-preserved carcasses of mammoths, which at one time ended up in thawed permafrost like a young female nicknamed Yuka. According to scientists, she died about 39, 000 years ago as a result of an attack by a predator.

If scientists still manage to obtain "living" genetic material, then it will be transplanted into the ovum of an Asian elephant, the closest living descendant of mammoths.