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The quest is to clone a mammoth. The question is: should we do it?
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7-13-2013 | Robin McKie

Posted on 07/14/2013 8:08:58 AM PDT by Renfield

The idea would make headlines around the world and bring tears of joy to the planet's journalists. An adorable baby woolly mammoth, tottering on its newborn legs, is introduced to the media. Cloned from a few cells scraped from the permafrost of Siberia, the little creature provides the latest proof of the might of modern science and demonstrates the fact that extinction has at long last lost its sting.

It is a fascinating prospect, one that was raised again last week when the most recently discovered carcass of a mammoth was revealed to the public in Yokohama, Japan.

The female, thought to have been around 50 when she died, had lain frozen in the ground for tens of thousands of years. Yet she still had hair, muscle tissue, and possibly blood. Samples have now been sent to South Korea, where scientists say they are planning to use them to clone a mammoth, though the proposal is considered to be highly controversial.....

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: bioethics; cloning; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; mammoths; pleistocene

The 39,000-year-old female baby woolly mammoth named Yuka from the Siberian permafrost is unveiled for the media at an exhibition in Yokohama, on July 9, 2013. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

1 posted on 07/14/2013 8:08:58 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 07/14/2013 8:09:18 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

I see a market for Mastadon meat.


3 posted on 07/14/2013 8:10:28 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

I was thinking the same thing. If it doesn’t work out then just kill it and grill it.


4 posted on 07/14/2013 8:11:33 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Renfield; Revolting cat!

Cajuns have a recipe for it.


5 posted on 07/14/2013 8:14:05 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Renfield
Samples have now been sent to South Korea, where scientists say they are planning to use them to clone a mammoth, though the proposal is considered to be highly controversial.....

Did NO ONE pay attention during the movie 'Jurassaic Park'???!?

6 posted on 07/14/2013 8:14:27 AM PDT by Lazamataz (If illegal aliens voted (R), then the Dems would create the tightest border security in the world.)
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To: BenLurkin

7 posted on 07/14/2013 8:14:57 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: Renfield

I saw a baby wooly mammoth in better shape than this one once. It was hairless but the skin was completely intact. The organs were removed and on display.


8 posted on 07/14/2013 8:15:20 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Renfield
"Dinosaurs Mammoths had their shot, and nature selected them for extinction." - Dr. Ian Malcolm
9 posted on 07/14/2013 8:15:21 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Renfield

“The question is: should we do it?”

The answer is, hell yes!!!


10 posted on 07/14/2013 8:15:25 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Renfield

11 posted on 07/14/2013 8:18:53 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: BenLurkin
I see a market of museums and zoos...

Although the idea of a Mastodon steak is intriguing (It's just so hard to get pachyderm meat any more), having a stampede of Mastodons does have me a bit worried.

12 posted on 07/14/2013 8:19:48 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Lazamataz

I want a pet Velociraptor.


13 posted on 07/14/2013 8:25:25 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Lazamataz

14 posted on 07/14/2013 8:26:24 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator
OMG, she's BEAUTIFUL!

The velociraptor, that is.

15 posted on 07/14/2013 8:42:15 AM PDT by Lazamataz (If illegal aliens voted (R), then the Dems would create the tightest border security in the world.)
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To: Lazamataz

But of course.

I knew you were a big fan of velociraptors...


16 posted on 07/14/2013 8:45:17 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: BenLurkin
You beat me to it.
17 posted on 07/14/2013 8:54:11 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (Layte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: Renfield

All the Yankee yo-yo’ wanted to make fun of us Texans for having mammoth size BBQ pits.

Well who’s laughing now?


18 posted on 07/14/2013 8:55:55 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: BenLurkin

McDonald mammoth burger?


19 posted on 07/14/2013 8:59:24 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Renfield

Unquestionably, undoubtedly, yes!


20 posted on 07/14/2013 8:59:54 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: randog
I was thinking the same thing. If it doesn’t work out then just kill it and grill it.

Mammoths went extinct because they tasted so damn good

21 posted on 07/14/2013 9:01:17 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Fight the culture of nothing.)
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To: Renfield

Like Mom always said; you feed it and clean up after it!


22 posted on 07/14/2013 9:02:13 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Renfield

I have no moral problem with cloning animals, present or past, but not people.

I am concerned that cloning extinct animals, plants, insects, etc. could reintroduce dangerous, extinct pathologies.

Just how big is a woolly mammoth tick filled with a pint of blood?


23 posted on 07/14/2013 9:03:36 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Renfield
So where do they get the mitochondrial DNA
Ain't a clone without it
24 posted on 07/14/2013 9:17:18 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Renfield
Now some scientists are talking openly of bringing them back to life.

What?

I am sure I saw one presiding over the Zimmerman trial.

25 posted on 07/14/2013 9:29:35 AM PDT by JohnG45
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To: Renfield

Bring back T-Rex and the Saber Toothed Tiger, too.


26 posted on 07/14/2013 9:33:31 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: 353FMG
McDonald mammoth burger?

Hardee's.

McD's is too "organic/healthy-eating/make-Michelle-happy" focused to advertize a Mammoth Burger these days.

27 posted on 07/14/2013 9:35:15 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: P.O.E.

I remember that show!


28 posted on 07/14/2013 9:46:30 AM PDT by ~Pandora
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To: Renfield
It's inevitable.

Whether we "should" or not is irrelevant in that context.

29 posted on 07/14/2013 10:27:50 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: ~Pandora

Why not? I am a capitalist—if it will make money and make people happy—why not? But, first lets bring back the pasenger Pidgeon. Then the Dodo bird. We need not make many of these trowbacks —Imagine Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Baily Circus with a trained Mastadon act? It would be gold on four legs.


30 posted on 07/14/2013 11:34:39 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Renfield

I’d actually like to see the Wooly Mammoth brought back from extinction, presuming they could breed and repopulate, but we’d have to get Canada or Finland on board as the habitat for these creatures. If they don’t agree, it’s just not going to work.


31 posted on 07/14/2013 11:35:07 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Demand Common Sense Nut Control.)
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To: ~Pandora
Here's the 1966 Network TV Schedule

There was more variety then with only three channels than there is now with 1000.

I miss those days, before they got rid of all the rural shows and started ramming their agenda down the pipe.

32 posted on 07/14/2013 4:10:08 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Renfield
The quest is to clone a mammoth. The question is: should we do it?

Absolutely. And set it loose in the Capitol building. I'd love to see a gored Harry Reid being flung across the rotunda.

33 posted on 07/14/2013 4:11:35 PM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

Thanks Renfield.

34 posted on 07/14/2013 6:26:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Renfield; SunkenCiv

This would certainly be a mammoth undertaking.


35 posted on 07/14/2013 6:46:29 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: Renfield

Clone the mammoth then release it in Tokyo as bait for Godzilla and a new movie.


36 posted on 07/14/2013 7:12:55 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La VangClo)
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To: EveningStar

Mammoth told me there’d be days like this.


37 posted on 07/14/2013 7:46:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: EEGator

Wow- that velociraptor is about to eat that girl with the huge knockers!


38 posted on 07/14/2013 7:47:44 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Mr. K

Hopefully “they” would distract and confuse the raptor into drooling...like me.


39 posted on 07/14/2013 7:53:28 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Renfield
Paging Ian Malcolm....


40 posted on 07/14/2013 9:22:55 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Lazamataz

You mean it wasn’t a manual or a scientific proposal?

< /sarc >


41 posted on 07/14/2013 9:23:36 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Lazamataz

“What could possibly go wrong?”


42 posted on 07/14/2013 10:42:17 PM PDT by Pelham (Deportation is the law. When it's not enforced you get California)
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To: Lazamataz
It's the Velociraptor that you don't see that will get you every time. Rumor has it that they travel in pairs.
43 posted on 07/14/2013 11:05:11 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (They can follow the Communist, I'll follow the Constitution...)
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To: SoCal Pubbie; All

And for that matter while they are at it try for several so they can breed naturally if they succeed.


44 posted on 07/14/2013 11:50:44 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Renfield
They will be extinct someday - gays have no progeny and self-hating neurotics will be the property of those who aren't, and so we may be faced with a fundamental moral question: should we clone a liberal, or let the verdict of natural selection stand in place? Would the world be a poorer place in the absence of "Coexist" bumper stickers? Would it?

Hell no it wouldn't.

45 posted on 07/15/2013 12:00:40 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SunkenCiv

I hate to say “I told you so” so I’ll just say “I told you so about five years ago.”


46 posted on 07/16/2013 10:08:25 PM PDT by wildbill
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