The plan is to clone a mammoth to create a new mammoth embryo that they can implant into a modern elephant’s uterus. This prehistoric animal has long since become extinct. Luckily, scientists have access to the mammoth’s DNA by obtaining a tissue sample from the preserved remains of a mammoth in Russia. Since modern elephants are the closest living relatives to mammoths, an elephant will be used to give birth to the mammoth. They hope to have successfully create a living mammoth in the next 5-6 years.
The process that will be used to recreate the mammoth has already been tested on mice. Researchers in 2008 have successfully cloned mice using the frozen cells of mice that had been dead for 16 years.