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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Is Woolly Mammoth Going To Be Reborn?

Sunny Wu & Judy Lee

Woolly mammoths looked kind of like elephants, but they are not around anymore; they became extinct approximately 4,000 thousands ago because people hunted them. Recently, however, Russian scientists excavated a female woolly mammoth’s whole remains in Russia. They were surprised that, for the first time in history, the blood of this ancient creature was still fresh. The scientists were curious about whether there were some freeze-proof ingredient in the blood or not, and they had an amazing thought – to “create” a LIVE woolly mammoth by using DNA combining technology. This would be a great opportunity to let people see a living woolly mammoth!
 
Graphic courtesy Media Sphere Communications
         (http://www.mediasphere.com.tw/now_showv?nid=72)
To achieve the goal of reviving the woolly mammoth, the scientists plan to obtain tissue from its still-fresh blood and analyze its DNA. Then they will try to use technology to combine its DNA with an African elephant’s DNA and implant it into African elephant’s ovum. After twenty two months, a living woolly mammoth will be born!


If they really succeed in making a new living woolly mammoth, it will be a biggest breakthrough in modern technology and will make headlines all over the world. However, even if they don’t succeed in reviving the mammoth, the discovery of a whole woolly mammoth’s remains will be very beneficial to science. For example, if a freeze-proof ingredient really is analyzed from the woolly mammoth’s blood, it can be useful to the military because when a war breaks out, soldiers could wear freeze-proof uniforms to protect themselves.

Are you interested in the woolly mammoth? Do you want to see woolly mammoth personally? If you are, here is some information about it. At present, there is a grand woolly mammoth exhibition being held in Taiwan. A whole woolly mammoth’s body will be displayed; besides, the long-hair rhinoceros’s, a “cousin” of the wooly mammoth, will be displayed, too. Everyone should be very excited with this exhibition for it is the first show to exhibit a real whole woolly mammoth. The exhibition will be held from November 14, 2013 to March 2, 2014 at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei. Don’t miss it or you will regret it forever!

You might have heard of the woolly mammoth, but you have probably never seen one in person before. I strongly recommend that you go to this exhibition and feast your eyes; it will be unforgettable. We are planning to go, so maybe we will see you there!

Woolly Mammoth Exhibition

Location: No.21, Zhongshan S.RD., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City
Date: 14 November 2013 – 2 March 2014
Hours: 09:00-18:00
Ticket price: adults NT$280; children NT$250
Phone: (02)6630-8388

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