An artist’s illustration depicts a herd of woolly mammoths. (Mauricio Anton/PLoS) (Credit: iStock)
Long extinct cave lions about to rise from their icy graves and prowl once more in addition to woolly mammoths and ancient horses in ‘real life’ Jurassic Park.
In less than 10 years, it is to be hoped that the fearsome big cats will be released from an underground lab as part of a special plan for filling from a remote place in Russia with Ice Age animals cloned from preserved DNA.
Experiments are already underway for the making of the lions and the extinct old horses in Yakutia, Siberia, seen as a prelude to the restoration of the mammoth.
Regional leader Aisen Nikolaev weather forecast that the cooperation between Russian, South Korean and Japanese scientists see the “miracle” return of the woolly mammoth within the next ten years.
He said: “The prospect was not more fantastic.
“Today, technology is developing at an explosive pace, and what yesterday seemed to be scientific nonsense, today is an absolutely clear perspective for scientists.”
Mr. Nikolaev claimed the remarkable return of the extinct animals will be possible because the DNA of the giants found in the permafrost in Yakutia, also known as Sakha Republic.
He said: “We are actively working with South Korea.
“Thanks to the collaboration with Korean and Japanese scientists have, in my opinion, this [the cloning of a mammoth] will happen in the next decade.”
In 2014 he presented for the first time “an ice age Park with mammoths” to act as a home for them to roam, ” he said.
Further details of the incredible plans for the new “world class paleo-genetic scientific center” will be revealed next month when Vladimir Putin hosts a major investment forum.
The cloning laboratories – some sunk deep in the permafrost in the soil, the goal is to expand through research of Russian scientists who have been working closely with the South Korean specialists in the hope to restore extinct species.
Yakutsk is the capital of the diamond-rich Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, where 80 percent of the finds of the samples of the Pleistocene and Holocene animals with preserved soft tissue is made.
The scheme of the new town centre will be unveiled at the 4th East Economic Forum hosted by Putin, opening on 11 September in Vladivostok.
The “purpose of the study extinct animals from living cells and to recover from such animals such as the woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, cave lion, and the varieties of the long-road the horses,” reported The Siberian Times.
The cloning scientists are using DNA from ancient animals are preserved in remains encased in frozen ground – or permafrost for tens of thousands of years.
The center will be based on Russia’s North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) who is looking for further investment for the extraordinary project.
Expert Dr. Lena Grigorieva – who drafted plans for the center, said, “There is no unique material anywhere else in the world.”
But scientists would also have the ways of helping in the fight against human diseases, she said.
“We study not only the Pleistocene animals – another line is the study of the history of the settlement of the North-East of Russia,” she said.
“Northern ethnic groups have a unique ancient genetic structure.
“Such studies will help in the study of rare genetic diseases, their diagnosis, prevention.”
The university has the existing close cooperation with the South Korean SOOAM Biotech Research Foundation, led by cloning expert Professor Hwang Woo-Suk.
There are also links between the Russian scientists and trailblazing Harvard geneticist Professor George Church plans to use the bet woolly mammoth genes into Asian elephant embryo in 2020.
Prof. Church has revealed to the Sun Online how to clone a project on the verge to grow a baby mammoth in a lab.
His team of leading Harvard scientists have been using DNA recovered from a woolly mammoth found perfectly preserved in the ice in Siberia after the death of 42,000 years ago.
By merging the genes of mammals with that of elephants, their species can be generated.
The team are set to publish in the coming weeks scientific papers explain in detail their revolutionary technique in creating and implanting embryos of mammals.
Speaking exclusively to the Sun-Online, Prof. Church said: “We’ve already breathed new life into dozens of genes and testing them in the elephant cells.
“We focus on a revival of mammoth genes, and the making of a mammoth/elephant hybrid and help them to spread to the great wild, arctic climate.”
Using a genetic technique called CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, his team of scientists can “cut and paste” DNA strands into elephant stem cells with a precision not seen before, paving the way for a woolly mammoth embryo.
Prof Church said that he wants to grow a hybrid woolly mammoth/elephant hybrid in an artificial womb instead of a female elephant as a surrogate mother.
It is estimated at least 22 months.
The prof thinks this will allow the woolly mammoth herds to begin once more struggling over the north pole and save the world.
Together with other measures, it is hoped that the woolly mammoth will create an environment that could stop Siberia permafrost melting and then releasing billions of tons of greenhouse gases.
The doomsday scenario is described as the “methane bomb” because if it happened it would dramatically worsen climate change, the melting of the ice cap, and floods in countries around the world.
And there is clear evidence that this is already happening.
Bubble like mounds are popping up as a geological plague, and some have already burst and spewed toxic gas that damages the atmosphere.
But the worst part of this ticking time bomb has yet to happen.
Much of the methane is still trapped under the permafrost layer that is rapidly disappearing, and threatens to release the gas at any time.
One area where this starts to happen is the Yamal Peninsula.
Shocking aerial footage has revealed thousands of methane-filled craters — that threatens to happen all over Russia, the frozen north.
Ironically, the melting of the ice here revealed preserved woolly mammoths that are now used in the cloning attempts.
And if the huge hairy mammoth/elephant hybrids were to be found, in essence, Prof Church said they could inhabit this frozen landscape and help lock in the deadly fumes.
He said: “Cold-resistant elephants would flatten the insulating snow, and the support of trees in the winter and in favor of the highly heat-reflective grass in the summer.
“They would also assist in the capture of new carbon through the improvement of the photosynthetic capacity of the vegetation.”
Must Prof. Church and his Harvard uni team successful cloning of the woolly mammoth they would be taken in an extraordinary Ice Age safari park that is currently being developed by Russian scientists.
Called Pleistocene Park, the 20,000-hectare zone in the farthest stretches of the remote Siberia is made in an attempt to recreate an ice age ecosystem.
Experts believe that grazing is the woolly mammoth would also compact the snow in the winter and the grass in the summer which lowers the permafrost temperature.
This story originally appeared in The Sun.