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Russians Revive 30,000 Yr Old Ice Age Flower

From the Associated Press:

Russians revive Ice Age flower from frozen burrow

February 20, 2012

MOSCOW (AP) — It was an Ice Age squirrel’s treasure chamber, a burrow containing fruit and seeds that had been stuck in the Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years. From the fruit tissues, a team of Russian scientists managed to resurrect an entire plant in a pioneering experiment that paves the way for the revival of other species.

Here comes the Wooly Mammoth.

The Silene stenophylla is the oldest plant ever to be regenerated, the researchers said, and it is fertile, producing white flowers and viable seeds.

The experiment proves that permafrost serves as a natural depository for ancient life forms, said the Russian researchers, who published their findings in Tuesday’s issue of “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” of the United States.

“We consider it essential to continue permafrost studies in search of an ancient genetic pool, that of pre-existing life, which hypothetically has long since vanished from the earth’s surface,” the scientists said in the article.

Canadian researchers had earlier regenerated some significantly younger plants from seeds found in burrows.

Svetlana Yashina of the Institute of Cell Biophysics of the Russian Academy Of Sciences, who led the regeneration effort, said the revived plant looked very similar to its modern version, which still grows in the same area in northeastern Siberia

Hmmm. Has anyone thought to ‘trust, but verify’ this experiment?

The Russian research team recovered the fruit after investigating dozens of fossil burrows hidden in ice deposits on the right bank of the lower Kolyma River in northeastern Siberia, the sediments dating back 30,000-32,000 years…

“The squirrels dug the frozen ground to build their burrows, which are about the size of a soccer ball, putting in hay first and then animal fur for a perfect storage chamber,” said Stanislav Gubin, one of the authors of the study, who spent years rummaging through the area for squirrel burrows. “It’s a natural cryobank.”

The burrows were located 125 feet (38 meters) below the present surface in layers containing bones of large mammals, such as mammoth, wooly rhinoceros, bison, horse and deer.

Gubin said the study has demonstrated that tissue can survive ice conservation for tens of thousands of years, opening the way to the possible resurrection of Ice Age mammals.

“If we are lucky, we can find some frozen squirrel tissue,” Gubin told the AP. “And this path could lead us all the way to mammoth.”

Great. Wooly mammoths could be a new source for meat and wool.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Russians Revive 30,000 Yr Old Ice Age Flower”

  1. Chrispbass says:

    I think I saw this movie…

    • captstubby says:

      great! now we got another Zombie Plague like the one that hit voters in 08.

      Rule #5
      “never thaw out anything frozen over 10,000 years.”

      better check out the freezer.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Now they need to work on some
    30,000 year-old bees…

  3. Kaffeesatz says:

    This is karma. Or Kismet. Or something.

    Think about it.

    The Green movement is determined to ban all modern technology
    It appears that rather then Global Warming, another Ice Age is upon us
    The current financial system is on the verge of collapse

    Pretty soon we will be reduced to the standard of living of our caveman ancestors. All we need is a few wolly mammoths to complete the picture!

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Something Transhuman this way comes

  5. wirenut says:

    Great! Now, the “high” Sierra Club can plant vermen with impunity anywhere.
    Need a Wooly mammath to put the K-bosh on a proposed pipeline? Dial 1-800-Go-Commie.

  6. canary says:

    Does this coincide with Russia’s recent documentary study that animals and plant life are still living after their nuclear spill study.
    Or did this ice flower come from their present historic achievement of drilling the largest hole in history through the Antartica ice when they hit water and posted a cardboard sign on the ice/water mark.

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