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.
Mammoth cloning possible in 4 years
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.”
U.K. lowers the standards yet again.
Dominic Baronet Facebook's 'Sperminator' and his 12 Pregnant Idiots
“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…”
Read the rest and weep (for the future of mankind)
Worm attack at Apples iPhone.
The first worm to infect the Apple iPhone has been discovered spreading “in the wild” in Australia.
The self-propagating program changes the phone’s wallpaper to a picture of 80s singer Rick Astley with the message “ikee is never going to give you up”.
- iPhone virus worm Rick Astley
The worm, known as ikee, only affects “jail-broken” phones, where a user has removed Apple’s protection mechanisms to allow the phone to run any software.
Experts say the worm is not harmful but more malicious variants could follow.
“The creator of the worm has released full source code of the four existing variants of this worm,” wrote Mikko Hypponen of security firm F-secure.
“This means that there will quickly be more variants, and they might have nastier payload than just changing your wallpaper.”
The picture of Rick Astley is believed to be a nod to the internet phenomenon known as Rickrolling, where web users are tricked into clicking on what they believe is a relevant link, only to find that it actually takes the user to a video of the pop star’s song “Never gonna give you up”.
Sounds like bad news!