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    I was wrong about 2005 being the early discussion date. It appears this idea has been discussed publicly since before 2000.

    http://stlr.stanford.edu/2000/03/res...oolly-mammoth/
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    After watching Jurassic Park for the 500th time, cloning prehistoric animals is very bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    One of many articles available on the story: http://news.discovery.com/animals/wo...ed-111205.html



    They've been openly talking about this since 2005 and it's looking more and more like it is going to happen. They've solicited zoos for reproductive tissue from dead elephants to fill in the missing links for the cloning process. They're even working on recreating the species' habitat.

    What do you think about this? Is this progress? Is this dangerous? Is this ethical? Is this inevitable?
    It's human nature.

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    I can't imagine any reason not to. It will allow us to better understand biology as a whole and evolutionary movements. Analyzing skeletons is one thing, to observe an actual specimen will give us great insight.
    Also, it will help in researching more advanced cloning and genetic alteration, which could be used for some useful things in the future.

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    Love the idea and see no reason why not, considering how woolly mammoths are of similar size to African elephants.

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    This and "pizza becomes a vegetable" herald the end of the world.

    I foresee terrible, terrible things happening when we mess with nature to that extent.



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    @CzeCze: Fine, you can spend Saturday at the boring zoo seeing the same animals you've seen since you were two! That's essentially the same as the end of the world to me.


    @Post title: If we're going to resurrect them, we might as well allow them to have some recreation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    I don't understand the utility of such a project, aside from perfecting cloning techniques. And as perfecting cloning techniques is likely to lead to human cloning, I find it among the most ethically reprehensible human endeavors ever imagined.
    I'm in the bad-but-inevitable-so-let's-watch-advancements-closely-and-make-the-most-of-what-we-can camp. FWIW I agree that perfecting cloning is really the scientific community's endgame here and I'm scared that more people are not scared about the implications of such an endeavor. The consequences discussed in this thread are too myopic. I hope the global discussion isn't as well.
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    I'm looking forward to it. We have plenty to learn about evolutionary biology. And who can say no to a therapsid petting zoo?

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    Something just occurred to me. Considering the evolution of the elephant's immune system, how would the more archaic immune system of the woolly mammoth handle today's bacterial and viral cultures?

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