If sci-fi adventure films teach us anything, it’s that technology can easily go awry. Jurassic Park is a prime example of that, since the manmade dinosaurs that populated the fictional park in the movie and book ended up going on attack. But that doesn’t stop scientists from giving it a try in real life.

The Northern-Eastern Federal University of Yakutsk has requested $5.9 million to create a facility that would clone recently-unearthed corpses preserved in permafrost. These creatures have been preserved from the Ice Age, making them fascinating to study. However, the facility would create living, breathing clones.

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When a species faces extinction, humans hope to preserve it as long as possible, accepting the fact that once the last member of that species is gone, mankind will not see it again. That attitude may soon be part of the past, though, as science finds new ways to recreate extinct species using cloning.

The most recent animal to gain the attention of geneticists is the woolly mammoth. The species became extinct approximately 14,000 years ago, with its closest living relative being the Asian elephant. According to a geneticist at Harvard University, scientists are currently working on resurrecting the woolly mammoth through the creation of a mammoth-elephant embryo. Experts emphasize that the end result likely won’t be an exact replica of the original woolly mammoth but will instead be closer to what we know today as the elephant.

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