Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mission to Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth

It was recently reported in the news that scientists  have sequenced the complete genomes of two Woolly Mammoths. Te prospect of eventually cloning this extinct species has thus come one step closer to reality.

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the Motherboard’s documentary short “The Mission to Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth”.

Right now, in the Twenty-first century, South Korean scientists are actually working to resurrect the prehistoric woolly mammoth using cloning technology and the flesh of perfectly preserved specimen once buried in Northern Siberia. The hope is that if they can find an active cell from the meaty leg of a 40,000 year old frozen mammoth, it could hold the keys to bringing back the extinct species.

At the same time, shady tusk hunting Siberians looking for mammoth ivory support the Korean cloning project, by discovering frozen mammoths in the quickly melting permafrost of the Russian Far North. This bizarre supply chain inspired us to travel to Seoul, Yakutsk, and Moscow, to learn about humanity’s quest to both profit from, and clone, the legendary woolly mammoth.

The Mission to Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth
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