Mice cloned from freezer – Mammoths next?

Dr Natural
November 4th 2008

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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.

Via PinkTentacle.

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Ben E.
Posted 06/11/2008 – 06:48

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.

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Lisa Mandemaker: Using an artificial womb could lead to more equality between sexes, but also between different family layouts. If men would be able to give birth to children, it would maybe be easier for male same-sex couples to have a child together.

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