Japanese researchers want to resurrect the long-extinct mammoth by using cloning technology in around five years time, according to the newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun .
The scientists hope in this way to gain more insight into the mammal that became extinct thousands of years ago.
The Japanese will try to revive the species by obtaining tissue this summer from the carcass of a mammoth preserved in a Russian research laboratory.
The nuclei of mammoth cells will be inserted into an elephant’s egg cells from which the nuclei have been removed to create an embryo containing mammoth gene.
This embryo is then placed in the womb of an elephant, which then if everything goes well, gives birth to a baby mammoth.
The scientists hope to bring back the mammoth to life in this way within six years.