Japan’s Looking To Make More Mammoths

People have been finding frozen bits of mammoths for centuries, which is also as long as we’ve been dreaming of eating them. Following that dream, scientists have been long hoping they could find a piece of flesh preserved enough to clone a new. meaty specimen. But so far, there hasn’t been any DNA successfully recovered from any of the bits of rotten mammoth meat for scientists to clone.

But now, a team of Japanese researchers are planning on using a new DNA-extracting technique on Russian mammoth specimens, which they’re hoping will allow them to create an embryo that they can implant into an African elephant.

The procedure allows scientists to extract the nuclei of mammoth cells and implant them in elephant eggs without nuclei, which were harvested from dead elephants from zoos around the world. If it works, a mammoth could be born in five to six years. So, maybe in seven years, we’ll be dining on thick juicy mammoth steaks…just like the Flintstones.

[Daily Yomiuri Online via Discover Magazine]