South Korean, Russian scientists team up to clone woolly mammoth!/darkpolitricks/status/179514893144309760

Well, that’s what the post at Dark Politricks says, anyway:

Russian and South Korean scientists have signed a deal on joint research intended to recreate a woolly mammoth, an animal which last walked the earth some 10,000 years ago.

The deal was signed by Vasily Vasiliev, vice rector of North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, and controversial cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk of South Korea’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, on Tuesday.

Hwang was a national hero until some of his research into creating human stem cells was found in 2006 to have been faked. But his work in creating Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, in 2005, has been verified by experts.

We have to admit, it’s intriguing, but once we clone it, won’t it become an endangered species, entitled to wander the tundra from Siberia to Canada? Or are we just going to clone it for its meat? Because we are tired of buffalo burgers and ostrich patties.

We bet it’s delicious, and tastes like chicken.

Twitter reax:

Species extinction is so 20th century

— Richard Tol (@RichardTol) March 13, 2012

THIS ENDED BADLY ON JURASSIC PARK ALERT! Scientists bid to clone mammoth

— Fred Cunningham (@fredontv) March 13, 2012

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