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Reviving the Woolly Mammoth: Will De-Extinction Become Reality?
Yahoo News | Live Science ^ | 3/15/13 | Megan Gannon

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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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: deextinction; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; jurassicpark; mammoth; mammoths; mastadons; mastodon; nationalgeographic; passengerpigeon; pyreneanibex; reviving; sabertooth; tasmaniantiger; tedxdeextinction; vmidiot; woolly

1 posted on 03/16/2013 2:32:30 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Wa could possibly go wrong?


2 posted on 03/16/2013 2:43:04 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: LibWhacker

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.


3 posted on 03/16/2013 2:43:32 AM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: LibWhacker

We already have one...in the White House...they call her Michelle.


4 posted on 03/16/2013 2:56:43 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: LibWhacker

“You were so busy trying to ask if you could, you forgot to ask if you should”.


5 posted on 03/16/2013 3:01:58 AM PDT by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
"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."

On the other hand, there's plenty of food around.


6 posted on 03/16/2013 3:02:33 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: LibWhacker

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.


7 posted on 03/16/2013 3:05:58 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: LibWhacker
The mammoth at least makes some sense to want to try to bring back (when demoKKKrat cities finally bottom out, they'll need some sort of a prey animal which can be killed with stone weapons). The thing we REALLY don't want to bring back is the Neanderthal...

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8 posted on 03/16/2013 3:54:43 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: LibWhacker

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.”


9 posted on 03/16/2013 4:03:07 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: LibWhacker

Yeah!! Bring back the Dodo Bird!


10 posted on 03/16/2013 4:40:13 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (I love my country; I don't like its government)
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To: mkmensinger

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.


11 posted on 03/16/2013 6:03:42 AM PDT by arkfreepdom
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To: LibWhacker

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.


12 posted on 03/16/2013 6:03:51 AM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: LibWhacker
What could possibly go wrong?
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13 posted on 03/16/2013 6:04:02 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: LibWhacker

Saber Tooth Tiger? Well maybe it would get rid of the wolves in Idaho problems. :-)


14 posted on 03/16/2013 6:31:58 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: LibWhacker

Don’t fool with Mother Nature, fellows. This isn’t going to work out well, long-term.


15 posted on 03/16/2013 6:49:42 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The Greatest Power The Corrupt, Criminal US Media Has, Is The Power To Ignore The Truth.)
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To: I want the USA back

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.


16 posted on 03/16/2013 6:55:01 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: LibWhacker

“God help us, we’re in the hands of engineers.”


17 posted on 03/16/2013 7:02:44 AM PDT by machman
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To: varmintman

Bring BACK the Neanderthal ?? Have you looked in the Inner Cities lately ?? That’s been done. . .


18 posted on 03/16/2013 8:32:32 AM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: LibWhacker; martin_fierro; wildbill; Little Bill

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks LibWhacker.

Okay, and I'm slippin', I can't remember who around here really likes mammoths...

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


19 posted on 03/16/2013 8:53:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: LibWhacker

Not everything that can be done should be done.


20 posted on 03/16/2013 9:30:53 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: LibWhacker

I’m feeling really smug since for years I’ve been predicting this de-extinction movement would become operative.

Maybe this is why Homeland Security is buying millions of rounds of ammo? Defending against mammoths makes about as much sense as buying up 100 years worth of practice rounds.


21 posted on 03/16/2013 2:16:03 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: LibWhacker

If it’s wrong for man to force a species into extinction isn’t it just as wrong to bring one back?


22 posted on 03/16/2013 2:22:27 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

They need to create a breeding herd, so’s I can get me some of that mammoth steak at the Fish & Game Banquet!

My inner Fred Flintstone will be happy...Yabba dabba doo!!!


23 posted on 03/16/2013 2:38:41 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: 3catsanadog

I would like to bring back the passenger pigeon—They have the last one from 1923 frozen—They were killed because they tasted good. I say bring em back, farm them and sell them to better restaurants! We could make millions! Neanderthals could be brought back too—They would make great football players! No need for steroids-—They might make great soldiers too. The Dodo bird might also be good—they were said to taste great. They were too stupid to survive and were killed off. This science could really make some money!


24 posted on 03/17/2013 1:02:00 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: LibWhacker
Here are some pics from the site:

The mythical Aurochs is not a myth at all, actually. It is the ancestor of domestic cattle and lived throughout Europe, Asia, and North Africa. They died off in 1627.

2. The Dodo is known for being really dumb — but really it was just fearless because it evolved without any natural predators.

6. The Mastodon is an extinct species related to elephants that lived in North and Central America.

9. The legendary Helanadon survived in the eastern regions of the USA for hundreds of years. This beast was well respected in small circles of primarily disreputable denizens of low intelligence.

You knew it was coming.

25 posted on 03/19/2013 5:46:24 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died.)
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