A dog which was rescued at sea off the coast of Kesennuma, Japan, on Friday after being found drifting on a roof is believed to have survived for three weeks after being washed away by the killer tsunami triggered by the March 11 earthquake. Coast guard members aboard a helicopter involved in the day’s search for those still missing after the disaster found the dog on the roof drifting along some 1.8 kilometres off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. It took several hours to catch the dog and bring him to the safety of a coastguard vessel. The dog’s collar has no clues about the owner such as address and contact numbers.
The woolly mammoth, extinct for thousands of years, could be brought back to life in as little as four years because of bored self-involved scientists looking for something to do that will make them rich and famous.
Previous efforts in the 1990s to recover nuclei in cells from the skin and muscle tissue from mammoths found in the Siberian permafrost failed because they had been too badly damaged by the extreme cold.
But a technique pioneered in 2008 by Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama, of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology, was successful in cloning a mouse from the cells of another mouse that had been frozen for 16 years.
Now that hurdle has been overcome, Akira Iritani, a professor at Kyoto University, is reactivating his campaign to resurrect the species that died out 5,000 years ago.
“Now the technical problems have been overcome, all we need is a good sample of soft tissue from a frozen mammoth,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
He intends to use Dr Wakayama’s technique to identify the nuclei of viable mammoth cells before extracting the healthy ones.
The nuclei will then be inserted into the egg cells of an African elephant, which will act as the surrogate mother for the mammoth.
Professor Iritani said he estimates that another two years will be needed before the elephant can be impregnated, followed by the approximately 600-day gestation period.
He has announced plans to travel to Siberia in the summer to search for mammoths in the permafrost and to recover a sample of skin or tissue that can be as small as 3cm square. If he is unsuccessful, the professor said, he will ask Russian scientists to provide a sample from one of their finds.
“The success rate in the cloning of cattle was poor until recently but now stands at about 30 per cent,” he said. “I think we have a reasonable chance of success and a healthy mammoth could be born in four or five years.”
A Gull piggybacking a Sea Eagle during hunt was recently caught on camera in Norway by photographer Paul Beastall.
Pat Robertson, famous millionaire, war lover, and demagogue, has done it again. Even if we are only 14 days into the new year, the demagogue has won the 2010 award as the most selfish and unsympathetic bastard alive, by stating that Haiti deserves the death and catastrophe it is experiencing. Simultaneously he may win the 2010 award for insanity, although he is still in ties with Sean Hannity on that one.
It is time for everyone to react to this outrageous statement by that inhuman creep we have pestering the earth. Do your moral duty and let Robertson have it!
U.K. lowers the standards yet again.
“GIRLS beware! If grinning charmer Dominic Baronet is your Facebook friend delete him NOW – or he’ll have you PREGNANT in a just a few clicks.
Love rat Baronet has been branded The Sperminator for getting TWELVE girls pregnant after wooing them on the social networking site – two of them on the SAME DAY.
Five women are now raising his KIDS, five were talked into ABORTIONS and two are EXPECTING.
For years the laptop lust hunter has secretly preyed on women with his smooth internet patter. He told one smitten girl: “One hundred million sperm entered the womb. Only one made you – that makes you simply the best!”
As well as his wantonly prolific bedroom strike rate, 26-year-old factory worker Baronet boasts a seedy history – a convicted drug dealer sentenced to four years for supplying cocaine and ecstasy. Just the sort of lad you want fathering your babies.
Now, after discovering the truth, one of his most recent conquests patted her four-month bump and demanded he be forced to have THE SNIP.
Angry Kerry Martin, 24, told us: “Dominic should have a danger warning slapped on his Facbook page and be given a compulsory vasectomy to protect other girls.”
Kerry uncovered Baronet’s cheating ways by keeping tabs on his page after he ditched her. In no time she spotted a congratulations message revealing he’d also got 24-year-old Stacy Jones pregnant around the same time…”