Russia’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu has revealed his desire to clone 3,000-year-old army of ancient warriors from remains found in Siberia. This site is located in the Valley of the Kings in Tuva.
Russian Clone Army of the Dead
Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu, said, ‘We would like very much to find the organic matter’. He revealed ‘Dolly the Sheep’ cloning dream including royal warriors and their horses using DNA preserved in permafrost.
Shoigu spoke about the potential of these ancient burials in the Valley of the Kings in Tuva. He started the Russian-Swiss archeological digs 3 years ago.
The defence chief told a session of the Russian Geographical Society, ‘Of course, we would like very much to find the organic matter.’
He was referring to well-preserved remains of ancient people and animals, explained TASS.
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‘I believe you understand what would follow that,’ said Shoigu in a broadcast by Zvezda TV.
‘It would be possible to make something of it, if not Dolly the Sheep.’
He added, without explaining more of planned genomic research that ‘in general, it will be very interesting’.
The burials were in permafrost and according to scientists, organic matter should be preserved there.
‘We have conducted several expeditions there already, it is a big international expedition.
‘A lot of things have been confirmed, but a lot remains to be done.’
In this session, he only spoke about ancient remains.
The ancient Scythian burials in Siberia
Research on the Tuva burial mound, known as Arzhan 2, began in 1998.
Russian and German archaeologists began excavating the Scythian burial mound on a grassy plain that locals have long called the Valley of the Kings in 2001.
The nomadic Scythian tribes roamed the Eurasian steppe, from the northern borders of China to the Black Sea region, in the seventh to third centuries B.C..
The Scythians are generally believed to have been of Iranian origin and spoke a language of the Scythian branch of the Iranian languages.
In the 7th century BC, the Scythians crossed the Caucasus and frequently raided the Middle East, playing an important role in the political developments of the region.
The ‘Dolly the Sheep’ Clone
Dolly was the only surviving lamb from 277 cloning attempts and was created from an mammary cell taken from a six-year-old Finn Dorset sheep.
The sheep was born at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh in July 1996 and announced to the world on February 22 1997.
She was created using a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer.
The pioneering technique the Roslin team used involved transferring the nucleus of an adult cell into an unfertilised egg cell whose own nucleus had been removed.
An electric shock stimulated the hybrid cell to begin dividing and generate an embryo, which was then implanted into the womb of a surrogate mother.
Dolly was the first successfully produced clone from a cell taken from an adult mammal.
Dolly’s creation showed that genes in the nucleus of a mature cell are still able to revert back to an embryonic totipotent state – meaning the cell can divide to produce all of the difference cells in an animal.