In the summer of 2018 in Yakutia was foundthe world's only carcass of an extinct Lena horse, which has lain under the ice for 42,000 years. Thanks to good storage conditions, the animal has all the internal organs, skin and coat, and its muscle tissue retains its natural reddish tint. Researchers from Northeastern Federal University (NEFU) found that liquid blood remained inside the vessels and heart of an ancient horse, which can be used to clone an individual and revive a species.
According to the director of the Museum of Mammoth SeedsGrigorieva, this horse is the best preserved find of the Ice Age around the world. He noted that the carcass does not have any visible damage, whereas all other fossils of this age are often with lost limbs or heavily mummified. Thanks to all this, the scientists immediately identified the bay horse color and the black color of the mane and tail.
Revival of an extinct species
Russian paleontologists, together with the Japanesefirm Sooam Biotech, for the second month in a row trying to extract and grow viable somatic cells to create a clone of an ancient animal. Even after the discovery of liquid blood, scientists have made about 20 attempts to grow cells, but so far their work has been to no avail. Nevertheless, the researchers do not intend to stop, and will continue to make attempts at least until the end of April.
Sooam Biotech is involved in the process -Apparently, researchers have very serious intentions to revive an extinct species. This company is already developing pet cloning methods in South Korea. If, in a short time, researchers begin to look for a surrogate mare for the future clone, this will not be surprising.
Well-preserved Lena horse was foundin the Batagay Thermokarst Basin with a depth of about 90 meters. Body size says that at the time of death she was only a few months old - she died, falling and choking in mud, as evidenced by the remains of silt in the internal organs.
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