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There are still stretches missing, but the researchers estimate that the genome is roughly 80% complete. The work could provide insights into the extinction of the mammoth and also resurrects questions about the viability of cloning long-dead species. ... But most scientists are doubtful this could ever be achieved. The changes that occur to an animal's genetic sequence after its death poses one of the principal hurdles. "It...

2008-11-19

 mammoth cloning
Startling evidence has been found which shows mammoth and other great beasts from the last ice age were blasted with material that came from space.

2007-12-11

 mammoth asteroid archaeology
Some scientists hold out hope that well preserved sperm or other cells containing viable DNA could be used to resurrect the mammoth. ... One population of mammoths lived on in isolation on Russia's remote Wrangel Island until about 5,000 years ago...

2007-07-10

 mammoth genetics genome reconstruction cloning
Mammoth dung has proved to be a source of prehistoric information, helping scientists unravel the mystery of what caused the great mammals to die out.

2009-11-19

 mammoth dung extinction climate change toread
The researchers sequenced haemoglobin genes from the DNA of three Siberian mammoths, tens of thousands of years old, which were preserved in the permafrost. The mammoth DNA sequences were converted into RNA (a molecule similar to DNA which is central to the production of proteins) and inserted into E. coli bacteria. The bacteria faithfully manufactured the mammoth protein. The resulting haemoglobin molecules are no different than '...

2010-05-04

 mammoth DNA cloning haemoglobin blood climate cold oxygen
Woolly mammoths died out because of dwindling grasslands - rather than being hunted to extinction by humans.

2010-08-17

 mammoth extinction ice age
The fate of the forest elephant rests in our hands. But will it go the way of the woolly mammoth, as it is hunted for ivory and its habitat is destroyed?

2011-06-15

 Africa forest elephant mammoth extinction
The last known population of woolly mammoths did not "inevitably" die out because of inbreeding and lack of genetic diversity, a study suggests...

2012-03-23

 mammoth inbreeding extinction DNA