[Paleopsych] Cape Argus (S.Af.): Scientists may use mammoth cells for cloning
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Scientists may use mammoth cells for cloning
March 19 2005 at 02:43PM
A frozen mammoth dug up from the Siberian tundra has been unveiled in
central Japan in a preview of the six-month World Exposition, which is
expected to draw millions of tourists.
The beast, believed to have lived 18 000 years ago, has been preserved
in a giant refrigerator. It is a key exhibit at the Expo, which will
open next Friday and largely feature modern wonders such as robots.
Full-bodied mammoths have been unearthed in the past, but this exhibit
is billed as the most successful attempt yet to display the animal
The mammoth on display has tusks, a front leg and a nearly intact,
soil-coloured head covered with muscle tissue and some woolly hair.
This is not a mere pavilion but a laboratory, as we will do scientific
research here, Toshio Nakamura, secretary-general of the exposition,
told the opening ceremony of the Mammoth Lab.
Visitors can view the mammoth, which was excavated in 2002, from
windows at the lab, where the temperature and humidity are controlled
A group of Russian and Japanese scientists hope to clone mammoths from
the animals remains by using elephant egg cells.
The multimillion-dollar project between Russia and Japan to examine
the beast is intended to find out why mammoths became extinct in the
The sad fact that mammoths became extinct is telling an important
thing to us, said Alexander K Akimov, vice-president of the Sakha
region in the Russian Federation, which owns the animal.
We have to cherish the Earth and we should not forget about fostering
all kinds of lives.
* This article was originally published on page 13 of Saturday
Argus on March 19, 2005
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