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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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.