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*Whinnying Intensifies*

Scientists Plan to Clone Extinct Horse Using 42,000-Year-Old Blood

byDan Robitzski
4. 16. 19
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An ancient foal may have been so well-preserved that viable cells from it can be cloned.

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Last year, scientists found a 42,000-year-old Lena Horse foal — those are extinct, by the way — frozen in Siberian permafrost.

Now, they hope that they can clone the long-dead horse back into existence, according to Gizmodo, using liquid blood samples researchers extracted from the horse’s surprisingly well-preserved heart.

Horse to Water

In addition to liquid blood, scientists conducting the autopsy found intact organs and tissues.

“We can now claim that this is the best-preserved Ice Age animal ever found in the world,” Semyon Grigoyev, head of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, Russia, told Russian news agency TASS, as per The Siberian Times.

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The one to two-week-old foal likely drowned in mud that then froze, keeping the horse on ice for thousands of years.

Horsin’ Around

Collecting liquid blood doesn’t mean that scientists can definitely clone a Lena Horse back into the world — the researchers will still need to make sure that the blood contains viable cells that can then be grown in a lab.

Gizmodo reports that the researchers behind the project, who are also working to resurrect woolly mammoths, have tried and failed to grow such cells 20 different times.

READ MORE: Liquid Blood Extracted From 42,000-Year-Old Foal Found Frozen in Siberia [Gizmodo]

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More on cloning: Scientists Just Came Closer Than Ever to Cloning a Woolly Mammoth


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