‘Mammoth’ experiment

A new experiment is raising new arguments over scientific ethics and the quest for knowledge.

But if scientists are successful in this experiment, the formerly extinct woolly mammoth could come back. Scientists say they’re hoping to extract cell nuclei from a frozen mammoth they dug up in Siberia, and implant them in the egg cells of an elephant.

The elephant is the mammoth’s closet living relative — and it’s believed it could give birth to a “real” woolly mammoth. Joining us to talk more about this is Dr Hendrik Poinar, a molecular geneticist with McMaster University with expertise in woolly mammoths.