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Woolly mammoths could be about to rise from the dead thanks to Harvard cloning scientist’s incredible plan to resurrect long-extinct beasts

WOOLLY mammoths could be about rise from the dead under a remarkable plan to clone the long-extinct beast. Pioneering scientist George Church from the elite Harvard University has revealed how a cl…

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WOOLLY mammoths could be about rise from the dead under a remarkable plan to clone the long-extinct beast.

Pioneering scientist George Church from the elite Harvard University has revealed how a cloning project was on the verge of being able to grow a baby mammoth in a lab.

 Could herds of cloned prehistoric beasts help save the planet? Some scientists think they couldGetty – Contributor Could herds of cloned prehistoric beasts help save the planet? Some scientists think they could

His team of leading Harvard scientists have been using DNA recovered from a woolly mammoth found perfectly preserved in ice in Siberia after dying 42,000 years ago.

By merging genes from the mammals with that of elephants their species may be resurrected.

The team are set to publish in the coming weeks scientific papers laying out in detail their revolutionary technique in creating and implanting mammalian embryos.

 Harvard University's George Church believes if he and his team are successful they will not just change the world, they may help to save itCorbis – Getty Harvard University’s George Church believes if he and his team are successful they will not just change the world, they may help to save it

Speaking to Sun Online, Prof Church said: “We have already revived dozens of genes and are testing them in elephant cells.

“We are focusing on a reviving mammoth genes and making a mammoth/elephant hybrid and help them spread to vast wild, arctic climates.”

Using a genetic engineering technique called CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing, his team of scientists can “cut and paste” strands of DNA into elephant stem cells with a precision not seen before, paving the way for a woolly mammoth embryo. 

 'Lyuba', a 42,000 year-old baby woolly mammoth which was discovered in 2007 by reindeer herders in Siberia almost completely intactEPA ‘Lyuba’, a 42,000 year-old baby woolly mammoth which was discovered in 2007 by reindeer herders in Siberia almost completely intact  Frozen remains of two more woolly mammoths, long extinct elephants in the Ice Age uncovered from the Siberian permafrost in 2008AP:Associated Press Frozen remains of two more woolly mammoths, long extinct elephants in the Ice Age uncovered from the Siberian permafrost in 2008

Prof Church said he wants to then grow a hybrid woolly mammoth/elephant hybrid within an artificial womb rather than using a female elephant as a surrogate mum. 

It is estimated this will take at least 22 months.

The prof believes this will allow woolly mammoths herds to begin once more plodding about the arctic and while doing so save the world. 

 Artificial wombs would be used for a baby mammoth and have already been used to grow lambs as shown here in a technique revealed last year Artificial wombs would be used for a baby mammoth and have already been used to grow lambs as shown here in a technique revealed last year

Along with other measures, it’s hoped the woolly mammoths will create an environment which could stop Siberia’s permafrost melting and then releasing billions of tons of greenhouse gases.

The doomsday scenario has been dubbed as the “methane bomb” because if it happened it would dramatically worsen climate change, melting the ice cap and flooding countries across the world.

And there is clear evidence that this is already happening.

Bubble like mounds have been popping up like a geological plague and some have already burst and spewed out toxic gas which damages the atmosphere.

 One of many bubbles in Siberia underneath which methane is building up, ready to blow if the permafrost meltsThe Siberian Times One of many bubbles in Siberia underneath which methane is building up, ready to blow if the permafrost melts  An aerial view of a crater which jas already blown on the Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia An aerial view of a crater which jas already blown on the Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia

But the worst of this ticking time bomb has yet to happen.

Much of the methane is still trapped underneath by the permafrost layer which is fast disappearing and threatens to release the gas at any moment. 

An area where this is starting to happen is the Yamal Peninsula. 

Shocking aerial footage has revealed thousands of methane-filled craters  which threatens to happen across Russia’s frozen far north.

Ironically, melting ice here revealed preserved woolly mammoths that are now being used in the cloning attempts.

7,000 underground gas bubbles poised to ‘explode’ creating huge Arctic craters

And if the huge furry mammoths/elephant hybrids were to be brought into being, Prof Church said they could repopulate these freezing wastelands and help lock in the lethal fumes. 

He said: “Cold-resistant elephants would flatten the insulating snow and supporting trees in winter and favour the highly heat reflective grass in summer.
“They would also help capture new carbon by enhancing the photosynthetic capacity of the vegetation.”

Should Prof Church and his Harvard uni team successfully clone woolly mammoths they would be taken to an extraordinary Ice Age safari park currently being developed by Russian scientists.

Called the Pleistocene Park, the 20,000 hectare zone in the furthest stretches of remote Siberia has been created in a bid to recreate an Ice-Age ecosystem.

Boffins believe grazing woolly mammoths would also compact the snow in the winter and grass in the summer all of which lowers the permafrost temperature.

 Cloned hybrid woolly mammoths would return to the very place they died outGetty – Contributor Cloned hybrid woolly mammoths would return to the very place they died out

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WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence experts are trying to build a profile of Kim Jong Un to give President Donald Trump a competitive edge in one of the most consequential summits since the Cold War, but they face a huge challenge – figuring out a secretive North Korean ruler few people know much about.

Following a long tradition of arming U.S. presidents with political and psychological dossiers of foreign leaders ahead of critical negotiations, government analysts are gathering every new bit of information they can glean about Kim and making adjustments to earlier assessments of what makes him tick, U.S. officials told Reuters.

They will rely in part on the impressions drawn by CIA director Mike Pompeo, who just weeks ago became the first Trump administration official to meet Kim. Pompeo, Trump’s pick to become secretary of state, came back from Pyongyang privately describing the young North Korean leader as “a smart guy who’s doing his homework” for the meetings, according to one U.S. official, who described Pompeo’s personal view of Kim for the first time.

The profile will also include intelligence gathered in past debriefings of others who have interacted with Kim, including ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman, Kim’s former classmates at a Swiss boarding school and South Korean envoys, other U.S. officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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MUMBAI – Thirteen children were killed on Thursday when a school van collided with a train at an unmanned railway crossing in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a police official said.

Eight children were injured and taken hospital, said the official, adding there were 22 children in the vehicle.

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Top supermarket offers and family meal recipes for Great British Beef Week

BEEF is moo-ving away from its macho image for Great British Beef Week. A group of female farmers known as Ladies In Beef have organised the week, which ends on Sunday. They want to show the health…

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BEEF is moo-ving away from its macho image for Great British Beef Week.

A group of female farmers known as Ladies In Beef have organised the week, which ends on Sunday.

 We show you what meals you can prepare with lean cuts for Great British Beef WeekGetty – Contributor We show you what meals you can prepare with lean cuts for Great British Beef Week

They want to show the health benefits of leaner cuts of the sort that would leave The Dandy’s cow pie-loving alpha male Desperate Dan weeping into his whiskers.

These cuts are a great source of protein, vitamin, iron and other minerals, and work in everything from stir-fries to roasts.

And with fantastic supermarket deals, you don’t need to beef about the price either.

This is my pick of the best offers for family meals and a couple of great recipes which would even keep Dan happy.

 Everything you need to make these recipes can be found at Morrisons Everything you need to make these recipes can be found at Morrisons

Beef for the barbie

GET barbecue-ready with top deals on beef in all forms.

 Barbecue ready beef tastes even better with these deals Barbecue ready beef tastes even better with these deals

  • Four beef shish kebabs, £4 from M&S, or get three packs for £10.
  • Get two for £5 on selected Morrisons burgers including The Best four vintage cheddar beef burgers and Morrisons The Best 6oz British chuck burgers, £3 each.
  • Lidl’s Birchwood Farm three beef sizzle steaks with garlic and herb rub, 297g, are £2.99.
  • Get three for £10 on Waitrose Aberdeen Angus beef rump steak £4.
  • Until May 15 enjoy two for £5 on a variety of Waitrose sausages including Waitrose Aberdeen Angus beef and black pepper chipolatas, £3.29.

No-meat barbecues

KEEP vegetarians and vegans happy with the huge range of meat-free meals for the grill.

 Plenty of offers for the vegetarians in the family too Plenty of offers for the vegetarians in the family too

  • Morrisons four edamame and sweet potato burgers, 350g, are £1.57.
  • Until May 15, Waitrose frozen vegetarian chilli bean burgers, £2, are two for £3.
  • Sainsbury’s six caramelised onion shroomdogs are £2.50.
  • Tesco six meat-free Lincolnshire-style sausages, 264g, and Tesco meat-free hot dog-style sausages, nine pack, are £1.75 each, or buy three for £4.
  • Save 30p on Gosh! beetroot, kale and quinoa vegan burgers at Ocado until May 15, now £2.
  • Morrisons six vegetarian Glamorgan sausages, 300g, are £1.57.

Meals to make your mouth water

 From beef brisket to meatballs and mince - these are the best deals around From beef brisket to meatballs and mince – these are the best deals around

  • GET three for £10 on 25 British Beef Meatballs, £4.12, from Morrisons.
  • Morrisons British Minced Beef 20% Fat, 500g, is down from £2.08 to £1.75.
  • Save £2.52 per kilo on Morrisons Best Braising Steak, now £8 per kilo.
  • Save 30p on Sainsbury’s 21-Day Matured Rump Steak, 225g, now £2.50.
  • Birchwood Farm Beef Roasting Joint, 1.2-1.6kg, is £5.99 from Lidl. Lidl’s Birchwood Farm Beef Brisket Joint, 0.8-1.2kg, is £6.99.
  • Tesco Fajita Beef Pieces, 180g, are £3 or two for £5.
  • Tesco Finest Aberdeen Angus Steak Mince, 500g, is down from £4.40 to £3.30.
  • Save 50p on Sainsbury’s 21-Day Matured Beef Sizzler Steaks, 350g, now £3.

Other barbie meat and fish

MAKE room on the grill for chicken, lamb, pork and fish – thanks to some mouthwatering deals.

 We've picked the most mouthwatering deals in other meat and fish too We’ve picked the most mouthwatering deals in other meat and fish too

  • Get three packs of barbecue meats for £10 at M&S including four lemon and herb salmon flatties, £4.50, and smoked pork shoulder, £4.
  • Stack up the savings with Iceland’s burger deal and choose one pack of burgers, two toppings, two sides and one pack of buns for just £6.
  • Save 50p on Tesco Finest 12 pork British outdoor bred chipolatas, 375g, now £2.
  • Tesco BBQ minted lamb kebabs, 400g, are £4 or get three for £10.
  • Until May 8, enjoy 20 per cent off Waitrose’s new BBQ range, including Buttermilk Chicken King kebab and treacle cured flat iron steak, both down to £5.60 from £7.
  • Try Sainsbury’s new range, Love Meat & Veg!, which includes beef burgers with shitake, soy & ginger, £2.50, and lamb koftas with chickpeas & apricots – £2.50.

Chilli con carne fajitas

 These fajitas are perfect for all these family to make and enjoy together These fajitas are perfect for all these family to make and enjoy together

YOU NEED:

  • 450g beef steak
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander
  • 1 pack tortilla wraps

TO MAKE: Season the steak with coarse ground black pepper and set to one side. Slice onion and peppers into thin slices.

Crush the garlic, then finely chop the chilli and coriander.

Fry the onion and chilli in a little oil for five minutes, without allowing to brown.

Add garlic, peppers, cumin and season to taste, then cook on a low heat for ten minutes.

Finish by adding the juice of half a lime. Sprinkle the steak with sea salt and sear to medium in a hot pan until the meat feels springy to touch.

Set aside the steak to rest for five minutes. Cut the steak into strips, approximately 3mm.

On warm tortillas, place equal amounts of onion and pepper mix, topped with steak strips.

Sprinkle with freshly chopped coriander and a squeeze of lime juice. Roll and cut in half to serve.

  • Recipe from Morrisons

Aubergine and mince bake

(Serves four)

FANCY a change from lasagne? This moussaka-style bake is a great option. Make it in advance and put it in the freezer for an easy family meal.

 For a change from family favourite dish lasagne, try this aubergine and mince bake For a change from family favourite dish lasagne, try this aubergine and mince bake

YOU NEED:

  • 400g minced beef
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 150g red split lentils
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400ml beef stock, made from a cube
  • 300g potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1 aubergine, sliced
  • 10g sunflower spread
  • 20g plain flour
  • 400ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced

METHOD: Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Dry-fry the mince until brown. Drain the fat then add the curry powder, lentils, chopped tomatoes and stock.

Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Spoon into an ovenproof dish.

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