That's right, this announcement is the result of last year's discovery of an extremely well-preserved mammoth carcass, frozen in the permafrost of Siberia's Malolyakhovskiy island. Scientists say that it's about 43,000 years old, and was 50-60 years old when it died in distress after getting stuck in the ice. Dvice reports that "Viktoria Egorova, chief of the Research and Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory of the Medical Clinic of North-Eastern Federal University, says that they have found haemolysed blood containing erythrocytes, along with migrating cells in the lymphoid tissue, all key to making the cloning process work." Continue reading for more information.
Researcher Khayrullin says that they are not trying to play God, but that it's important to have the right motives. "We must have a reason to do this, as it is one thing to clone it for scientific purpose, and another to clone for the sake of curiosity." In other words, they should only do it to advance scientific understanding, not just because they think it would be a neat thing to do.