Skip to comments.Reviving the Woolly Mammoth: Will De-Extinction Become Reality?
Posted on 03/16/2013 2:32:30 AM PDT by LibWhacker
Biologists briefly brought the extinct Pyrenean ibex back to life in 2003 by creating a clone from a frozen tissue sample harvested before the goat's entire population vanished in 2000. The clone survived just seven minutes after birth, but it gave scientists hope that "de-extinction," once a pipedream, could become a reality.
Ten years later, a group of researchers and conservationists gathered in Washington, D.C., today (March 15) for a forum called TEDxDeExtinction, hosted by the National Geographic Society, to talk about how to revive extinct animals, from the Tasmanian tiger and the saber-toothed tiger to the woolly mammoth and the North American passenger pigeon.
Though scientists don't expect a real-life "Jurassic Park" will ever be on the horizon, a species that died a few tens of thousands of years ago could be resurrected as long as it has enough intact ancient DNA.
Some have their hopes set on the woolly mammoth, a relative of modern elephants that went extinct 3,000 to 10,000 years ago and left behind some extraordinarily well preserved carcasses in Siberian permafrost. Scientists in Russia and South Korea have embarked on an ambitious project to try to create a living specimen using the DNA-storing nucleus of a mammoth cell and an Asian elephant egg a challenging prospect, as no one has ever been able to harvest eggs from an elephant.
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Wa could possibly go wrong?
I think it’s a very interesting concept and one I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing.
However the wouldn’t make a Jurassic Park, they’d make one, display it and some moron would think it would be a nice trophy kill.
We already have one...in the White House...they call her Michelle.
“You were so busy trying to ask if you could, you forgot to ask if you should”.
Even if it looks like a real mammoth, I don’t think it will be genuine. They managed to breed cows back to the original auruchs, but it didn’t behave like anything like them.
These grant-sucking idiots are much like the Pharoah’s magicians in the time of Moses. When God sent the plague of frogs, they showed their powers by creating MORE frogs. Such is the conceit of “experts.”
Yeah!! Bring back the Dodo Bird!
It would be fascinating to see these extinct animals, but so many things could go wrong it’s not worth it.
Risk is probably fairly low with large animals, but extinction event scary if they start doing this with microbes.
Obviously the genetic material is not intact. At some time or other there will be a successful birth, and in the excitement, scientists will overlook the genetic defects.
Saber Tooth Tiger? Well maybe it would get rid of the wolves in Idaho problems. :-)
Don’t fool with Mother Nature, fellows. This isn’t going to work out well, long-term.
As scientists come to understand the subtleties of DNA, they wouldn’t even need an intact copy to reproduce it. In theory, they could resurrect the T-Rex from a chicken. It’s just a matter of understanding how DNA works.
“God help us, we’re in the hands of engineers.”
Bring BACK the Neanderthal ?? Have you looked in the Inner Cities lately ?? That’s been done. . .
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