South Korean specialists are opening the new Mammoth Center in Siberia, which is dedicated to nothing else but bringing the ancient creatures back to life.
The cloning guru professor Hwang Woo-Suk didn’t talk too much about the current cloning progress of the creatures that disappeared from the earth several thousands years ago, but made one thing clear – that the results are going to be published in the scientific journal as soon as the all checks are complete.
The South Korean scientist has confirmed in Yakutsk, which is Russia’s mammoth capital that the so called “Initial stage” of recovering the mammoth has been reached. Now it is time for the checks, and once done the results are going to be published for public.
The professor has been working closely with Russian specialists for already several years at the North eastern University in Yakutsk, and this is exactly where the new World Center for Mammoth Studies will be set up.
The second stage is already planned but there is no certain time revealed when we are able to see the ancient creatures walking on earth, but the scientist will continue to search for new materials and samples. Now the team is in search of a cell which can share the information. Once they find it, they will be able to impregnate it with the help of Asian elephant materials.
According to the head of the university’s Mammoth Museum Laboratory Semyon Grigoriev there are two ways of cloning the mammoths:
Either through searching for the active cells or artificial DNA synthesis. But the team already sees progress and as the team at the University is very strong and serious studies are always being conducted, the results won’t take too long to be seen.
Of course the main goal of the project is to clone the mammoth, but the next move is to attract tourists to Yakutsk as well – the world’s coldest city and Russia’s diamond capital as well.
The newly opened center will help to improve the Russian science in the field of paleontology and the new Mammoth center should be open for tourists from every corner of the world.
The reputation of the professor was damaged back in 2006, when Hwang was dismissed by Seoul National University for faking groundbreaking work in the stem cell research, but still he remains the front one when it comes for cloning, and he is leading research into seeking the DNA of the woolly mammoth from remains of the creatures recovered from the permafrost in the Sakha Republic. He is also working on other extinct animals such as Siberian cave lions.
So now we just have to wait until the researches are complete and we are going to see the colossal mammoths back on Earth!