Published On: Wed, Mar 14th, 2012

Woolly Mammoths to be Cloned by Scientists

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Why you would want to clone and revive an extinct species is beyond me, but scientists are seriously working to clone mammoths. I think humans are getting a little freaky and out of hand with this mixing of gene poles and genetic mumbo jumbo. I mean is there any need to have a woolly mammoth in todays world? They went extinct for a reason. Besides we have elephants we don’t need elephants with more fur and bigger horns.

Coming soon to a Zoo near you

But that doesn’t stop the mad scientists. Last year a crazy professor from Japan’s Kyoto University asserted his plans to produce a cloned woolly mammoth, claiming that “a healthy mammoth could be born in four or five years”. That’s 2016. Now a group of South Korean and Russian scientists are planning to bring the woolly mammoth back to life, 10,000 years after the species went extinct. Using tissue samples from the specimens recovered in Siberia after global warming thawed the region’s permafrost, the scientists will clone the huge, hairy prehistoric mammals.

In order to resurrect the massive species, the scientists will take an egg cell from an elephant, and remove the cell’s nucleus, which is the part that contains most of the cell’s genetic material. This will be replaced by a nucleus taken from the mammoth’s somatic cell, effectively creating an egg cell that could one day develop into a baby mammoth.

And then what? And for what reason? Is someone actually planning to open a real Jurassic Park? And what will be next? Dinosaurs? A Megalodon shark? a Neanderthaler?

I said it often and I’ll say it again; because we can doesn’t mean we should.

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  1. Marcos says:

    hello, i think the ethics around the revival of exticted species is cuestionable but the tech improvement the humanity achieves with investigations like this is a success itself, it is not? great blog, congratulations.

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