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Posted by duddy   March 24, 2015   23406 views

Before you get any ideas that we're cloning wholly mammoths back into the 21st century, it's not that. An American geneticist has extracted DNA from the frozen remains of a long-dead mammoth found on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean (shown above), created a synthetic replica of it, and implanted it into elephant cells that have been isolated in a petri dish, using a new technique of DNA splicing that allows for unprecedented accuracy.

The technique used to join synthetic mammoth DNA fragments with the genetic code of an elephant is called CRISPR/Cas9, and while it’s been recently used to create transgenic organisms, this is the first time it’s been used on the DNA of an extinct organism.

Way to go!

Source: http://www.sciencealert.com/mammoth-dna-has-been-implanted-into-functioning-elephant-cells

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Just a note for those reading, the image pictured above is not the mammoth found @ Wrangel Island. That's just an artistic rendition.
Posted on Mar 25, 2015 by bio_man
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