Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mammoths will return in four years

The hairy mammoth, which has been extinct the past couple of millennia, will probably return into existence in four years, due to a new cloning method. Previous attempts, by scientists in the '90s, to extract the core of the cells found on the skin and muscle tissues found in Siberia failed because of the cold weather which affected them. 

However a new method found in 2008 by Doctor Teruhiko Wakayama from the Centre of  Developmental Biology in Riken, achieved to clone a mouse from cells extracted from another mouse, that had been frozen for 16 years. Since a solution has been found, Akira Iritani from the University of Kyoto, is trying to resurrect the mammoth after thousands of years since its extinction. All needed is a good and usable sample of mammoth cell in order to commence the cloning process. A female African elephant will be used as a surrogate mother. The percentage for animal cloning has been, until now, very low. Now it is around 30%. 
Nevertheless if this does realise and the scientists achieve their goals it will create certain moral and ethical problems. Where will this stop? What else will man try to bring back to life? These and many more questions will need answering. 


  1. Η επιστήμη πρέπει να προχωρά και να πειραματίζεται. Όμως μερικά ζητήματα έχουν έντονα ηθικά, ιστορικά και βέβαια και θεολογικά διλήμματα, τα οποία οι επιστήμονες έχουν υποχρέωση να τα λαμβάνουν σοβαρά υπ’ όψιν τους.

  2. Να ρωτήσω μια αφελή ερώτηση;

    Γιατί άραγε είναι τόσον επείγον να αναβιώσουμε αυτό το είδος;

  3. Η περιέργεια της επιστήμης φαντάζομαι πως είναι η απάντηση στο ερώτημά σας. Και αν γίνει η αρχή τότε δεν τους σταματάει κανείς!