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Don’t put down money on yer cloned woolly mamoth just yet …

In “Woolly Mammoth to Be Cloned”(Discovery News Dec 5, 2011), Jennifer Viegas reports

Within five years, a woolly mammoth will likely be cloned, according to scientists who have just recovered well-preserved bone marrow in a mammoth thigh bone. Japan’s Kyodo News first reported the find. You can see photos of the thigh bone at this Kyodo page.

Russian scientist Semyon Grigoriev, acting director of the Sakha Republic’s mammoth museum, and colleagues are now analyzing the marrow, which they extracted from the mammoth’s femur, found in Siberian permafrost soil.

It might work, but the reports we’ve heard are not encouraging. For one thing, for the experiment to be more than a brief zoo attraction, the embryos must survive, grow up, and be fertile. That’s a way higher set of bars than just physically existing in some form (or only one paper or in a computer program.)

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5 Responses to Don’t put down money on yer cloned woolly mamoth just yet …

  1. I would like to buy an “a” and lose an “l” please…

  2. Mathematically, a wave that interacts in a finite space must interact as a particle. If it is detectable at a location, its probabilistic function becomes unity in the finite space during the measurement (interaction) – and one has one “particle.”

    Continuity mathematics assumes points are continuous places to be – which is true for a field – but not true for particle transport.

    Squeeze enough energy into a small space with a Hermitian statistical matrix and wave function and you will indeed find anything your looking for.

  3. Just buy the ‘a’. The second ‘l’ is okay.

  4. “Wooly Bully” doesn’t use it. ;)

  5. News,

    You added an ‘a’ but removed an ‘m’, giving ‘mamoth’. The correct spelling is ‘mammoth’.

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