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Mice cloned from freezer – Mammoths next?

Mice cloned from freezer – Mammoths next?

Is the second coming of the woolly mammoth near? Researchers at Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), who have successfully cloned mice from carcasses that spent years in a deep freezer.

The research team led by genetic scientist Teruhiko Wakayama successfully demonstrated a promising new cloning technique by replicating frozen laboratory mice whose cells were severely damaged after 16 years in permafrost-like conditions (-20 degrees Celsius). The technique might one day be used to resurrect mammoths and other extinct species, according to the researchers.

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  1. Ben E.

    Those are actually really great conditions for preserving DNA. When we can pull a complete genome out of a bone that’s been buried in the desert a whole mouse from a freezer seems like a walk in the park.