The woolly mammoth has long gone, having been pushed to extinction thousands of years ago, but in recent years, there has been no shortage of efforts to test the feasibility of bringing the species back. Jurassic Park -esque cloning – at least not yet – but a mammoth specimen discovered nearly a decade ago is still close to ever becoming realizing that dream.
The mammoth , named Yuka, was found to be frozen in Siberia in 2010. Miraculously, even after thousands of years dormant, scientists out of Japan recently managed to bring some of the biological material back to life.
As CNN Akira Iritani, 90-year-old, is a Japanese biologist who is waiting for the opportunity to reapply the mammoth, what part of a large research team of Yuka in the hopes of bringing them back from the brink
"We recovered the less-damaged nucleus-like structures from the remains and visualized dynamics of living cells after nuclear transfer," the researchers write in a new paper published in Scientific Reports .
Put simply, the scientists took the heart of the "dormant," but damaged, mammoth cells and swapped them into a process called nuclear transfer (NT).
However, as it seems, it's a far cry from actually reviving the extinct species. There are still major hurdles that have been found to be of high quality.
Additionally, modern nuclear transfer techniques would not be sufficient for cloning and resurrecting an animal.
"The present invention is again in the nature of impossibility to clone the mammoth by current NT technology," our approach paves the way for evaluating the biological activities of nuclei in extinct animal species, "the team says.