The last woolly mammoth herds disappeared over 4,000 years ago due to drastic climate change, but the very big prehistoric creatures could soon be back, wandering the Earth like they did during the ice age.
But boffins in Japan reckon they could roam the Earth once again after making a massive breakthrough.
The team experimented with what they called are "well-preserved" tissue samples from the animal's bone marrow and muscle, which allowed them to collect as many as 88 nucleus-like structures, further sewn into mouse oocytes, a cell in an ovary.
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New findings indicate that the resurrection of mammoths is not a fantasy, a research team including members from Kindai University is saying, after cell nuclei extracted from the 28,000-year-old remains of a woolly mammoth were discovered to retain some function.
The study was carried out by a team from Kindai University in Osaka, reports Nikkei Asian Review.
When placed in the ova of mice, the nuclei developed to a state just before cellular division, according to a paper published Monday in the British journal Scientific Reports.
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The global research team led by Akira Iritani, a professor emeritus at Kindai University here, published the research results on March 11 in the British magazine Scientific Reports.
The researchers extracted the nucleus of each cell that carries biological hereditary information, and those nuclei were injected into mouse oocytes.
The same team of scientists had tried to use a nuclear transfer to spark activity in different mammoth's cells several years ago but had no luck.
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Highlighting that they "still have a long way to go" before the species returns to existence, he added: "We want to move our study forward to the stage of cell division".
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