Cloning a Hybrid: Scientists Close to Bringing Ice Age Woolly Mammoth Back to Life

Scientists at Harvard University are one step closer to bringing Woolly mammoths back to life, after successfully inserting some sequences of mammoth DNA into an elephant genome. The study is yet to be published, though, as there is still work to do.

No recreation of the Ice Age would be complete without large, shaggy woolly mammoths stomping across the frozen tundra. That is what George Church, a professor of genetics at Harvard University and his team ultimately hope to achieve once more.

Cloned DNA Mammoth

Taking a preserved Arctic permafrost specimen of a Woolly mammoth, scientists analyzed mammoth DNA before reproducing exact copies of fourteen mammoth genes.

“We prioritized genes associated with cold resistance including hairiness, ear size, subcutaneous fat and, especially, hemoglobin,” Church told The Sunday Times.

Lyuba, the world’s most complete mammoth, is examined by research leader Adrian Lister upon arriving at Natural History Museum on May 19, 2014 in London, England. The baby mammoth, measuring 85 centimetres tall and 130 centimetres long, was discovered in Siberia, Russia in May 2007 by reindeer herder Yuri Khudi and his sons whilst searching for wood along the Yuribei River some 42,000 years after the one month old mammoth died. Lyuba, named after Yuri’s wife and meaning love in Russia, is on public display at the Natural History Museum from 23 May until 7 September 2014. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

The woolly mammoth was one of the last in the line of the species that emerged in the early Pliocene age some 2.5 million years ago but almost completely died 10,000 years ago. Some mammoths, however, continued to survive on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean, between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea, until around 3,300 years ago. These were the specimens which researchers used for the DNA analysis.

NOTE: As you add up all of the dates, and accepting that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to Earth almost 2,000 years ago, we come to the conclusion that the creation of the Earth and animals (including the dinosaurs) occurred only thousands of years ago (perhaps only 6000!), not millions of years. Thus, if the Bible is right (and it is!), dinosaurs must have lived within the past thousands of years.

The scientists inserted mammoth genes into the cells of its closest living relative, the Asian elephant.


The introduction of the genes was done through a new developed technique CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat), that allows for precise editing of DNA taking out parts of modern elephant DNA and replacing them the prehistoric genes.

“We now have functioning elephant cells with mammoth DNA in them,” Church announced.

“We have not published it in a scientific journal because there is more work to do, but we plan to do so,”he added.

Beth Shapiro, University of California professor, in her new book, ‘How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction’ explores the possibility of mammoth resurrection, as a number of well-preserved species have been found in the past.

“If we really want to bring mammoths back to life, then we’re in luck, as far as DNA preservation goes. It’s in pretty shoddy condition, so hard to piece together, but if we sort through these tiny pieces, finding where they fit along the elephant genome, then we can slowly build a lot of the mammoth genome.”

(Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Professor Church believes that bringing the ancient mammoth back eventually could have a positive impact on the ecosystems in Russia. “The Siberian permafrost is melting with climate change, but research suggests large mammals could stabilize it,” he said.


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Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils – 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV).

And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay -Daniel 2:43 (KJV). 

“Power and signs and lying wonders”…rejection of truth, and for this “God shall send them a strong delusion that they shall believe a lie” – 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 (KJV).   Satan, has already set the stage for deception – he teaches today the lie of the immortal soul. “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:…”and ye shall be as gods” -Genesis 3:4-5 (KJV).

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment -Hebrews 9:27 (KJV).

Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee -Leviticus 19:19 (KJV).

“..keep that which is avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith…” (1 Timothy 6:20-21 KJV). 

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ – Colossians 2:8 (KJV).

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed -Revelation 13:15 (KJV).

“lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV).


Cloning is not the ordained method in which God intended for reproduction.  It does not involve a MALE and FEMALE reproducing by the means God planned, and that in of itself makes it a violation of what God intended. It changes what God authorized to something that He did not authorize.  Consider these verses:

  • O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps – Jeremiah 10:23 (KJV).
  • For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring – Acts 17:28 (KJV).
  • In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind -Job 12:10 (KJV).
  • The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life – Job 33:4 (KJV).

The process of cloning involves taking a female egg, removing the female chromosomes from it, and replacing them with the complete set of chromosomes from the donor.  The egg is then placed in the womb to grow to maturity. But as soon as the chromosomes are placed in the egg, a new animal is “conceived.” That is what sexual reproduction is: the formation of fertilized egg cell, which is capable of growing in a womb as a separate individual from its mother or father. The cloned egg cell is capable of growing as a separate ‘life’ from the person from whom it was cloned. It is no longer part of his/her body, nor is it part of the body of the woman in whose womb it is implanted. It is a separate ‘being’ from the moment of cloning. (An important side point is that cloning, is not about having a mother as the life in a mother’s womb is a separate individual from the mother — for this individual would not even have come from the mother!)Image16

Why do all the above facts matter? For the simple reason that the cloning process (as done now in animals) involves numerous “rejects.” When an egg is “fertilized” by cloning, it is often found to be imperfect or otherwise unacceptable, so it is “discarded” — i.e., killed, aborted, murdered. This is done repeatedly, in all cases of “cloning,” until an acceptable individual is achieved and implanted. This means that, if scientists experiment in cloning humans, they will necessarily abort dozens (probably hundreds) of fetuses before they ever succeed. And even if the cloning process is developed and improved, every attempted cloning will still involve discarding growing life! This is also what is wrong with all forms of “test-tube babies.” Hence, cloning is inherently sinful for all the reasons that deliberate abortion of humans is sinful.

  • He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end – Ecclesiastes 3:11 (KJV).
  • As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all – Ecclesiastes 11:5 (KJV).
  • In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good – Ecclesiastes 11:6 (KJV).
  • Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear – Hebrews 11:3 (KJV). 
  • And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day – Genesis 1:31 (KJV).
  • Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? – 1 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV).

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