That’s the word from Japan. A new report says that a team of Japanese, Russian and American scientists is hoping to clone a baby woolly mammoth within the next six years.
The plan is to extract DNA from a mammoth carcass currently preserved in a Russian laboratory. The DNA will then be inserted into the egg cells of an African elephant. The hope is that this will produce a mammoth embryo.
One scientist on the team created this process by cloning a mouse from cells frozen for 16 years. The trick is to extract egg nuclei without causing damage.