News & Opinion | March 13, 2019 1:15 pm

Scientists Are Trying To Revive The Woolly Mammoth

Japanese scientists are waking up woolly mammoth cells.

The woolly mammoth might be brought back to life thanks to Japanese scientists who have awakened some of the big beast���s cells.

Using muscle tissue and bone marrow they extracted from a mammoth that was discovered in Siberian permafrost in 2010, the scientists injected it into the ovaries of a mouse.

The experiment showed “signs of biological activity,” the NY Post reports.

“[It’s] a significant step towards bringing mammoths back from the dead,” Kei Miyamoto, an author of the study, told the Nikkei Asian Review.

The same team of scientists have previously attempted the same experiment but weren’t as lucky as they were this time. The remains they used this time around had not be contaminated, which made all of the difference.

Once the the mammoth’s cells were injected in to the mouse ovaries, researchers saw activity that sometimes occurs prior to cell division.

The woolly mammoth, which could weigh up to six tons, once roamed East Asia until it went extinct 10,000 years ago.