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Perfectly preserved woolly mammoth, complete with liquid blood, discovered in Arctic

MOSCOW — Russian researchers say they have discovered a perfectly preserved woolly mammoth carcass with liquid blood on a remote Arctic island, fueling hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal.

They say the frozen remains of a female mammoth were so well-preserved that blood was found in ice cavities when they were broken up.

Semyon Grigoryev, the head of the Mammoth Museum who led the expedition, said Thursday the carcass was preserved because its lower part was stuck in pure ice. He said the find could provide scientific material for cloning a mammoth.

Wooly mammoths are thought to have died out about 10,000 years ago (though recent discoveries in Siberia have implied they may have been around more recently than that). Scientists have deciphered much of the animals’ genetic code from their hair, and some believe it’s possible to clone them if living cells are found.


Acording to io9, the blood may have “cryo-protective” properties. Something predicted by Canadian scientists in 2010:

“It can be assumed that the blood of mammoths had some cryo-protective properties,” noted [Semyon Grigoriev, head of the Museum of Mammoths of the Institute of Applied Ecology of the North at the North Eastern Federal University]. Mammoth blood, it would appear, contains a kind of anti-freeze. This is consistent with work done by Canadian geneticists who in 2010 showed that mammoth hemoglobin releases its oxygen much more readily at cold temperatures than that of modern elephants.
Based on initial estimates, the mammoth was probably about 50 or 60 years old when it died. The team that found the mammoth estimates the animal was frozen in the ice for between 10,000 and 15,000 years. It’s not known if clonable material has been recovered; there is a report expected from the find in July.

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Source: http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/30/perfect-preserved-mammoth-carcass-with-possible-cloneable-material-found-in-arctic/

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  • 5

    This is nothing. I once found a red skittle in a pair of pants that I hadn't worn since high school

    • SydG
    • June 3, 2013, 11:37 am
    badass! :O
    - MissRandom June 3, 2013, 2:31 pm
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  • 2

    Heard about this on the radio. I wonder if DNA is extractable.

    • Math
    • June 1, 2013, 2:31 pm
    I'm not sure if you missed out a "the" somewhere, but DNA is extractable ;)

    If you meant that though, it would need to have some unfrozen, undamaged cells to extract DNA from. Then some magic happens in a lab somewhere and you have a baby mammoth.
    - SkinnyBill June 2, 2013, 5:14 am
    Nail on the head with the latter there Bill. That is exactly what I was implying.
    - Math June 2, 2013, 7:17 am
    Aha ok :) I would have said "I wonder if the DNA is extractable" :)
    - SkinnyBill June 2, 2013, 7:22 am
    Splitting hairs now...
    ;-)
    - Math June 3, 2013, 3:30 am
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  • 2

    Really interesting they were able to find blood from something so old. Even if they could clone one, where would they raise it?

    in iceland? LOL
    - MissRandom June 2, 2013, 10:27 am
    Uhm, I think you mean greenland....
    - criel June 3, 2013, 10:31 pm
    that's the joke... :3
    - MissRandom June 4, 2013, 1:22 pm
    lol should have seen that coming :)
    - ensignredshirt July 16, 2013, 11:41 pm
    nope... in my back yard ma'am!!!
    - adduco December 19, 2013, 12:42 pm
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  • 2

    BOO!

    - MissRandom June 4, 2013, 1:30 pm
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  • 1

    DNA molecules decompose after sometime. i m pretty sure we cant extract it

    - MissRandom June 4, 2013, 1:25 pm
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  • 1

    sounds right

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