Serious and reputable scientists now believe that it is technically possibly to clone or "de-extinct" a whole range of animals, including the woolly mammoth - Jurassic Park style - within the next five to seven years. This involves major advances in the study of and the manipulation of ancient DNA, and in cloning. This program is “a beginner’s guide to de-extinction”; it’s about the science behind the mammoth de-extinction project - about the difficulties it faces, the enormous fragility of DNA, the challenges of discovering relatively undamaged mammoth DNA and about advances in cloning technology.
Where do we come from? How did our ancestors settle this planet? How did the great historic civilizations of the world develop? How does a past so shadowy that it has to be painstakingly reconstructed from fragmentary, largely unwritten records nonetheless make us who and what we are? This course brings you the answers that the latest scientific and archaeological research and theorizing suggest about human origins, how populations developed, and the ways in which civilizations spread throughout the globe.
The 2013 discovery in Siberia of the best-preserved mammoth yet has quickened the pace of one of the most ambitious and controversial projects in science: the cloning of the woolly mammoth. This one is unlike any mammoth found before; when it was dug out of the permafrost, a dark red liquid oozed from the frozen body. Speculation is rife: could the liquid be mammoth blood? And does the freshness of the mammoth's flesh mean that a clone is now achievable? This documentary follows an international team of mammoth specialists and cloning scientists as they carry out a historic autopsy in Siberia, and follows those who strive to bring these iconic giants of the Ice Age back from extinction. As the animal is carefully dissected and its tusks are examined, the programme reveals the life story of this mammoth in forensic detail.