The explorations of scientists have led to the extraction of what could be classified as a perfectly preserved prehistoric baby horse. This recent extraction was from the permafrost of “Siberia’s mouth of hell” crater in Yakutia. This unusual discovery could possibly be 40,000 years of age. And because these kinds of findings are very unusual, researchers have received a lot of props for it.
According to The Siberian Times, scientists are currently making efforts to clone this strange baby horse. However, the lead researcher, Woo Suk Hwang is widely known for his exploits and success in the fabrication of scientific evidence.
The former professor at Seoul University, Mr. Hwang explained to the publication researchers that they were in search of cells that would prove useful to the cloning process of the mysterious baby horse. He said that if they could find live cells from this baby horse, there was a chance that it could be replicated.
Is It Real?
Regardless of Hwang’s exploits, and not forgetting that he led the realm if stem cell research he is well-known for going against study ethics and making false claims about his discoveries.
He came out clean about the research he undertook in the mid-2000s, where he used the eggs of paid donors in innovative research that claimed that he took out stem cells from a cloned human embryo. After several years, it was discovered that he forged a major part of his data.
Following an investigation of his 2016 research by a group of scientists, he expressed regret and took full responsibility for the forged data, and later apologized.
According to publications by New Scientists, Hwang has continued to expand his interests in cloning, and has replicated several pets for quite a number of pet owners that lost their dear pets. Besides this, he’s also making efforts to save endangered species such as the Ethiopian wolf.
According to The Times, Hwang’s focus is the Siberian horse, referred to as the Lena Horse, or Equus Lenensis in Latin. The Lena Horse has been totally wiped out, but Hwang intends to make use of a modern-day horse as a surrogate mother to clone the Equus Lenensis embryo. Hwang claims that he would need only one cell for the clone.
He went on to say that if they are able to get one cell, it would be multiplied and they would get as many embryos as they needed. He also said that if they got a single living cell, the entire cloning would be special, because it would be the first one of its kind.
The lead researchers at Yakutsk’s Mammoth museum, Semyon Grigoriev said that they were thankful that the horse’s muscle tissues were still in one piece, and not damaged. So they were able to get fa ew samples of this rare discovery for their biotechnology research.
Hwang expressed belief in the possibility of getting live cells from this horse, with most of his confidence coming from previous studies where his researchers were able to extract live cells from the bodies of pets that were frozen.
Hwang plans to move unto cloning a mammoth next if he records success with the horse, The Times reported.