Joining mice, dogs, chimps and humans, the Woolly Mammoth's genome has been sequenced according to a Nature article published yesterday, making it the first extinct species to have its genome unlocked. And just because I know you're wondering:
Nature writer Henry Nicholls laysout what would be required. 'If you want to bring a species back to
life,' he notes, 'the mammoth would be almost as dramatic as a
dinosaur. And unlike Tyrannosaurus rex, the mammoth has close living
relatives to lend a hand. It is a fair bet that a complete genome and
closely related species would make it easier to pull a Crichton on a
mammoth than on a dinosaur.'
The "Crichton" in question being Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park.