Can scientists really clone real-life Ice Age creature after discovering frozen mammoth blood?
SCIENTISTS may be able to clone a pre-historic animal like those portrayed in hit move Ice Age after discovering blood in the carcass of a frozen woolly mammoth.
An expedition led by Russian eggheads uncovered the well-preserved carcass of a female mammoth buried in the ice on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean.
Head of expedition Semyon Grigoryev said that the animal died around 10,000 to 15,000 years ago at the age of about 60. It was so well preserved that it still had blood and muscle tissue – which means scientists could use its DNA and cells to clone a creature just like the one in the famous Ice Age cartoon.
But The Cheerful Times reckons the elephant in the room is not whether the boffins COULD clone such an animal, but whether they SHOULD, given that nature made them extinct thousands of years ago?
Grigoryev, a scientist at the Northeaster federal University in Yakutsk told reporters: “When we broke the ice beneath her stomach, the blood flowed out from there, it was very dark.
“This is the most astonishing case in my life. How was it posible for it to remain in liquid form? And the muscle tissue is red, the colour of fresh meat.”
Unfortunately, the head and upper part of the animal are missing, believed to have been eaten by predators (see photo below)
Grigoryev added: “The forelegs and stomach are well preserved. This find gives us a really good chance of finding live cells which can help us implement this project to clone a mammoth.”
Above: the frozen mammoth carcass