Russian scientists are super excited about the discovery of a woolly mammoth carcass—perfectly preserved with liquid blood and everything—on a remote island off the Siberian coast, and hope they’ll be able to clone it. “The blood is very dark, it was found in ice cavities below the belly and when we broke these cavities with a poll pick, the blood came running out,” said Semyon Grigoryev, the scientist who led the Arctic expedition. Woolly mammoths have been extinct for about 10,000 years, but since scientists have been able to learn much about the Ice Age beasts from their hair, some believe living cells could be the key to cloning—and Grigoryev’s mammoth, with its still-warm blood and intact muscle tissue—might be ripe for replication.
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