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A fossilized mammoth tusk sitting in a grassy field during sunset
Woolly Mammoth Genomes Reveal Genetic Adaptations to Cold
Researchers identified mutations in genes that may be involved in fat regulation, fur growth, and morphology.
Woolly Mammoth Genomes Reveal Genetic Adaptations to Cold
Woolly Mammoth Genomes Reveal Genetic Adaptations to Cold

Researchers identified mutations in genes that may be involved in fat regulation, fur growth, and morphology.

Researchers identified mutations in genes that may be involved in fat regulation, fur growth, and morphology.

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Mammoth Extinction
Finding The Cause of Mammoth Extinction
Sejal Davla, PhD | Sep 7, 2022 | 3 min read
Environmental DNA and climate change data suggest that vegetation scarcity led to the mass extinction of herbivore species, including Arctic mammoths.
two men carry large tusks over a beach
Genesis 2.0 Is a Beautifully Shot, Cautionary Tale About Biotechnology
Shawna Williams | Jan 2, 2019 | 2 min read
The documentary weaves together a hunt for mammoth tusks in the Arctic with scenes from the front lines of synthetic biology.
Productivity Paradox
Jim Daley | Jun 1, 2018 | 2 min read
During the last ice age, there wasn’t much plant matter to eat on northern steppes, but herbivorous woolly mammoths were abundant. How did they survive?
Extinct and Living Elephants’ Genomic History Sequenced
Jim Daley | Feb 26, 2018 | 2 min read
Gene flow between elephant species was a common feature of their evolutionary history.
Woolly Mammoths Without Winter Coats?
Joshua A. Krisch | Mar 5, 2017 | 2 min read
The last living mammoths likely had sparse coats, digestive issues, and trouble attracting mates, researchers report.
Hybrid Mammoth Embryo Coming Soon?
Joshua A. Krisch | Feb 20, 2017 | 1 min read
Harvard geneticist George Church says that he will likely be able to create a hybrid wooly mammoth-elephant embryo in the near future.
Warming Climate Hurt Megafauna?
Jef Akst | Jul 27, 2015 | 2 min read
The massive mammals that roamed Earth some 30,000 years ago may have gone extinct as a result of global warming, according to an ancient-DNA study.
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2015 | 3 min read
How to Clone a Mammoth, The Upright Thinkers, The Thirteenth Step, and Humankind
Genome Digest
Amanda B. Keener | May 21, 2015 | 4 min read
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Birth Defects Marked End of Mammoths
Bob Grant | Mar 26, 2014 | 2 min read
New research suggests that the wooly beasts may have succumbed to a shrinking gene pool or intense environmental pressures as their species went extinct.
Mammoth Blood Gives Hope for Cloning?
Bob Grant | Jun 3, 2013 | 2 min read
Some question the supposition that viable cells and DNA will be found in a remarkably preserved carcass, purported to harbor fresh muscle tissue and flowing blood.
Dwarf Mammoth Once Roamed Crete
Bob Grant | May 9, 2012 | 1 min read
Researchers analyze a diminutive forelimb bone, calling it conclusive evidence that a tiny mammoth resided on the Greek island.
Mammoth Proteome Described
Edyta Zielinska | Dec 12, 2011 | 1 min read
Eschewing potentially degraded DNA as a source, researchers look instead at the proteome of ancient species.
Modern Day Mammoth?
Tia Ghose | Dec 6, 2011 | 1 min read
Researchers at Japanese and Russian institutions believe cloning a woolly mammoth is within reach.
Mammoth Blood in the ER?
Rachel Nuwer | Sep 19, 2011 | 1 min read
A 35,000-year old woolly mammoth blood protein may aid in contemporary medical procedures.
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