Scientists recently extracted an almost perfectly preserved prehistoric baby horse from the permafrost of Siberia’s “Mouth of Hell” crater in Yakutia. At potentially 40,000 years old, researchers praised the “incredibly rare” ancient find.
Now, scientists from Russia and South Korea are trying to clone the mysterious baby horse, The Siberian Times has reported. But a key figure in the mission is well-known for fabricating scientific evidence.
Although he was once considered a pioneer in the realm of stem cell research, [researcher Woo Suk] Hwang is perhaps best known for violating study ethics and falsifying some of his findings. In the mid-2000s he admitted to using eggs from paid donors in a groundbreaking study that claimed to reap stem cells from a cloned human embryo. Much of his data was later exposed as fake.
Hwang plans to use a modern horse as a surrogate mother for a cloned Equus lenensis embryo, The Times reported. Just one cell, he said, is needed for the clone.
‘If we have one live cell, we can multiply it and get as many embryos as we need…[and] if we get the living cell from the ancient tissue it will be unique by itself, because no one [has] managed to do this before,” he told the publication.
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