Resurrecting Ancient Life

Russian scientists succeeded in growing a plant from 30,000 year-old (late Pleistocene) fruit tissue! The fruit tissue was found in an ancient squirrel’s burrow frozen in the permafrost. You are probably thinking, what in the world does this have to do with animals or physiology? I’ll tell you. There is also talk of the possibility of resurrecting ancient animals using tissues cryo-preserved in the permafrost (albeit a long way off from resurrecting plants). I find myself wondering if they ever watched the movie Jurassic Park…

What are your thoughts about the possibility of “resurrecting” mammoths, bison or other ice age animals?

You can see a photo of the resurrected flower here.


Yashina S, et al., Regeneration of whole fertile plants from 30,000-y-old fruit tissue buried in Siberian permafrost. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Epub Ahead of Print.

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  1. #1 scidogs
    February 22, 2012

    i hope the ice age animals are not as “normal” as the plant,which looks like any road side weed.

  2. #2 Phil
    February 22, 2012

    Something scifi authors often write about is archeologists opening a tomb and unleashing a viable strain of smallpox. Just saying. Obviously a bit different here but is it possible?