Woolly mammoth arrives in Japan from Russia

A 39,000-year-old frozen woolly mammoth is unpacked on Tuesday in Yokohama, Japan, where it is to be exhibited. The mammoth, nicknamed Yuka, was discovered three years ago with relatively intact body and fur in Russias Sakha Republic. She is believed to have died when she was 10 years old. Woolly mammoths became extinct around 4,000 years ago

Media companies, the Yomiuri Shimbun, Nippon Television Network Corporation, BS Nittere and a ticketing company, Pia, sponsored the exhibit.

It is the first chance for the public to see a carcass whose body, but more importantly, fur is relatively intact.

‘With this, we can dig deeper into the reasons why extinct species became extinct and apply the lessons learnt to the human race which might be facing its own dangers of extinction. I think it can help us learn to reflect more deeply about our own existence,’ mammoth expert Norihisa Inuzuka told Reuters.

Yuka is missing her organs and debate continues regarding when they were removed and where they are now.

Scientists have put the mammoth at the top of the list of extinct animals to revive and have cloning attempts began in the 90s.

The exhibition lasts from July 13 and wraps up on September 16, 2013.



Japanese Scientist Plans to Clone Woolly Mammoth

Get your Jurassic Park and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King jokes ready. A professor at Japan’s Kyoto University is claiming that he’ll be able to resurrect a woolly mammoth within roughly four years’ time, bringing new life to a species that died out more than 5,000 years prior.

Even though Dr. Akira Iritani isn’t going to attempt to duplicate DNA strains from animals trapped in amber, the technique he’s propositioning—which was already used by Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology to clone a mouse previously frozen for sixteen years—does sound fairly close to that on paper.

Iritani intends to travel up to a Russian mammoth research laboratory this summer in order to acquire the correct tissue from a frozen mammoth. If he can uncover a working sample of at least three square centimeters, he’ll claims that he’ll be able to insert the nuclei of the frozen mammoth cells into the egg cells of an African elephant. Following a 600-day gestation period, out pops a new woolly mammoth—in theory.

"Now that the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth," said Iritani in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

Read the rest of the story: Scientist Plans to Clone Woolly Mammoth (Just Not For Theme Park).