The minister visited the Mammoth Museum, where he was presented a valuable gift
Within the framework of his visit to the republic, the Minister of Higher Education and Science Mikhail Kotyukov visited the NEFU Mammoth Museum, where he was presented with a talisman made of wool and a tusk of the Verkhoyansk Mammoth, Yakutia 24 TV channel reports with the reference to the university.
It is reported that the museum showed to the head of the ministry the unique exhibits, found in Yakutia. Research engineer at the Institute of Applied Ecology of the North, NEFU Sergey Fedorov demonstrated the remains of a recently found puppy of 18 thousand years old and a Tumat dog of 12,5 thousand years old.
The staff also showed Mikhail Kotyukov the condition in which the found animal remains are stored. “The largest and most diverse collection of frozen remains of mammoth fauna in the world is located at the cryostorage. The temperature of the remains’ storage reaches minus 20 degrees,” the words of the leading researcher at the museum laboratory Semen Grigoryev are quoted.
Regarding plans for cloning the mammoth, he said that for this, scientists are trying to find viable cells by studying the soft tissues of the mammoth at the Clinic of the Medical Institute of NEFU. “In 2015, a laboratory was opened on the basis of our museum, where university scientists and Korean colleagues work on the cloning task,” Grigorev said.
At the end of the museum tour, scientists presented Mikhail Kotyukov with a memorable gift in the form of a talisman, made of wool and a tusk of the Verkhoyansk mammoth. “We want this amulet to preserve science and higher education in Russia,” said a leading researcher at the museum’s laboratory.