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Mammoths are a huge part of my life. But cloning them is wrong

Instead of the romantic idea of bringing an ice age animal back to life, shouldn’t we put our best efforts into saving endangered elephants?

In 2013 a remarkably well-preserved mammoth was excavated from the permafrost on Maly Lyakhovsky island, northern Siberia. It was May, and a balmy -10C. Snow lay on the ground. But when the team cut into the frozen carcass, a dark red-brown fluid oozed out. A fluid that looked exactly like blood.

Nothing like this had ever been seen before, and hopes ran high – still run high, in fact – that this might hold the key to mammoth cloning.

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Eyewitness: Hackney, east London

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