Researchers successfully splice woolly mammoth DNA into elephant cells

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In what may be the best worst idea of our generation, a Harvard University research team has successfully spliced woolly mammoth DNA into living cells collected from an Asian elephant. A logical person might wonder why on earth this would be a thing, and the answer is pretty plain: because researchers want to, eventually, see if they can produce a wooly mammoth clone. The woolly mammoth became extinct 4,000 years ago, and the Asian elephant is its closest living relative, hence the choice.

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