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Scientists want to bring woolly mammoths back

20 Feb

Ugh; this sort of thing surely can’t end well; have we learned nothing from Jurassic Park? 😉

Research from Harvard University is exciting some scientists about the prospects of being able to recreate the long extinct woolly mammoth. The ice age mammal’s DNA could potentially be spliced with an Asian elephant to create a hybrid.

Harvard Geneticist Professor, George Church, briefed the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) about the progress his team has made in the past two years of trying to “de-extinct” the mammoth.

Our aim is to produce a hybrid elephant-mammoth embryo,” said Church. “Actually, it would be more like an elephant with a number of mammoth traits. We’re not there yet, but it could happen in a couple of years.

His team has managed to create a hybrid “mammophant” cell and hopes to reach an embryo within the next two years. They owe some of their credit to the gene-editing tool Crispr, according to the Guardian. However, it will be many more years before a living mammophant could be lumbering around our colder climates.

Typical biologists, thinking if something can be done, it ought to, as though ‘might makes right’

Well, there’s only one thing to be done: establish a black market paying exorbitantly for mammoth fur and meat! We’ll have this hybrid mammophant species extinct in no time! 😉

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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

10 responses to “Scientists want to bring woolly mammoths back

  1. Ironsides

    February 20, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Actually, I like the idea of bringing mammoths back. They were exterminated by the early Indians, and why should the north have a lack of megafauna?

    My reaction to mammoths, even pseudo-mammoths like this, isn’t “ugh” — it’s “Magnificent!” Let your soul breathe a bit. Why should the only grand and splendid beasts exist in Africa, where the Africans are busy wiping them out and making our planet a bit more bleak and barren? Honestly, do you want the only other living things on earth to be locust-like hordes of browns?

     
    • Will S.

      February 20, 2017 at 1:25 am

      It seems they want to reintroduce them to the wild.

      The Earth has moved on, and adjusted to their disappearance. Suddenly reintroducing them would surely be disastrous to the ecosystem. (Funny how sometimes biologists act concerned for the welfare of the natural environment; but when they have the chance to play god, they leap at it, before looking…)

      History is replete with examples of humans interfering by introducing species where they came from to where they are now; Australia is the best example for many such cases, where non-marsupial, regular mammals were brought from Europe, and many species went wild, and having no natural predators, have multiplied greatly and put pressure on local plant life, etc. Same with moose in Newfoundland. I understand some idiots want to bring snakes to Ireland. Bad idea; there aren’t any, and the shock to the ecosystem upon their introduction could be catastrophic.

      I understand the romance of imagining woolly mammoths and sabre-tooth tigers etc. coming back again; I get the appeal. But getting practical and pragmatic: not a good idea.

      Playing god never is.

       
  2. feeriker

    February 20, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Typical biologists, thinking if something can be done, it ought to, as though ‘might makes right’…

    What’s even worse is that scientists are rarely, if ever, held directly responsible for the havoc that ensues when their reckless ideas are brought to life.

     
    • Will S.

      February 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      I know! No-one ever sues them; we oughta make them more sue-able for unforeseen (i.e. could have been foreseen, if a bit of forethought had been given) consequences.

       
  3. scarecrow72

    February 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    First Orcs. Now wooly mammoths. I’d wager a guess and screw up and make something like a dragon or something. Gotta get my +3 chain mail and vorpal sword out of storage…

     
  4. Sanne

    February 21, 2017 at 3:56 am

    They probably just want more funding for their silly programs:)

     
    • Will S.

      February 21, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Always! 🙂

       

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