Wooly Mammoth Genes Inserted into Elephant Cells

March 25, 2015 5:35 PM

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Wooly Mammoth Genes Inserted into Elephant Cells

Researchers from Harvard University have successfully inserted genes from a woolly mammoth into living cells from an Asian elephant, the extinct giant's closest remaining relative.

Harvard geneticist George Church used DNA from Arctic permafrost woolly mammoth samples to copy 14 mammoth genes -- emphasizing those related to its chilly lifestyle.

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