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Radik Khayrullin, vice president of the Russian Association of Medical Anthropologists, said in Yakutsk: 'The data we are about to receive will give us a high chance to clone the mammoth.'
He immediately called for responsibility in bringing the ancient beast - a native of Siberia - back to life, urging that this is not done to play God.
'We must have a reason to do this, as it is one thing to clone it for scientific purpose, and another to clone for the sake of curiosity'.
But theoretically the possibility exists that this female mammoth will become the parent of the first of the species to walk the planet.
Mr Khayrullin also acknowledged that the mammoth cannot be identical to the creatures that become extinct between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago. [...] siberiantimes.com