Thursday 24 September 2015

New Big Cat Sighting


Big Cat Sightings in Cambridgeshire

There was a spate of big cat sightings in Cambridgeshire in September 2009.

 The comment below appeared on the blog today:
Pete Humphrey said...
This evening at 10pm. I saw a large cat in my back garden. It was the size of a small dog. Squat (chunky) with only a stub of a tail. Its face seemed to have a beard, and there were small tufts at the tip of each ear. Its legs were short and thick, with large paws In colour I would say that it was a light tan.The cat ran off over my garden before disappearing over the fence onto Sapley Road Hartford. I have never seen anything like this before.

Sighting. 10pm Thursday 24th Sept 2015. Location Hartford Huntingdon.

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Mammoth cloning imminent?

Russia: New laboratory to study mammoth cloning
By News from Elsewhere...BBC
Russia has opened a laboratory in Siberia devoted to the study of extinct animal DNA in the hope of creating clones, it's reported.The new lab in Yakutsk - often called the world's coldest city - will "seek out live cells with a view to cloning", says Semen Grigoryev, director of the Mammoth Museum at the city's Northeastern Federal University. He tells Ogonek magazine that "the priority is to look into bringing back the mammoth", adding that the Beijing Institute of Genomics and South Korea's Sooam Biotech company, which has pioneered dog cloning, will be involved in the study.
Earlier this year, researchers at Harvard University announced they had copied 14 woolly mammoth genes into the genome of an Asian elephant. The scientists at Yakutsk's new facility hope that their own unrivalled collection of 2,000 or so remnants of prehistoric animals, ranging from primitive dogs and horses to mammoths, will help to identify quality cell tissue from which to extract useful DNA. The story has provoked considerable excitement in Russian social media, with many speculating about whether this will lead to the birth of an actual mammoth hybrid. But others ask whether the priority should actually be to help save existing species which are on the brink of extinction, rather than trying to revive those which have been gone for thousands of years.