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This is a discussion on Mammoth Task: Plan To Clone Ice Age Beast within the Science and Technology forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by Kilgore Trout In the older article I posted (from 2011), Akira Iritani of Kyoto University, talks about ...
Reviving the species and returning it to the wild would be a good thing. We hunted them to extinction, it's only right that we bring them back. It would be good for the ecosystems of the boreal forest regions, as well.
Isn't McDonalds funding it for their next burger....the McMammoth with cheese? I could swear I heard something about Woolly Nuggets as well.
Last edited by Tempest09; 03-19-2012 at 05:29 PM.
that said, I'm pro mammoth cloning. it sounds fascinating!
Returning it into the wild could have drastic negative consequences on entire ecosystems. Current ecosystems are not adapted to support Mammoths and reintroducing them ad-hoc could cause many other species to go extinct. I really hope people who were suggesting that were kidding!
I presume they are just cloning it to see if they can, and from there performing tests to see how viable and fertile it is. I imagine it would have the mitochondrial DNA and cytoplasmic make-up of an elephant or whatever else they use as a surrogate so I wonder if it will even survive.
Introducing the first Mammoth into the wild where it can be poached is too dangerous. Perhaps later, once they've got the population up, but the scientists would need to consider whether it would be good or bad for the environment. 10,000 years is not that long ago evolutionary, so my guess is that it would be a good idea.
Won't it be half mammoth, half elephant?
Although it will have Elephant mitochondrial DNA.. so that could cause some viability issues.
I don't think that's the reason they're doing this, I thinks it's more about showcasing the advancements made in the field. If we can successfully clone an animal that's been extinct for thousands of years then why not start a world wide DNA bank for every species?