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Scientists bring mammoth blood back to life

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I WANT TO SEE ONE! ALIVE!!!

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On the one hand, I think it would be cool to see the mammoth being brought back to life. On the other hand, it doesn't fit into the environment anywhere. Its not a native species. It once was, but not anymore. Reintroducing a species has enormous possibilities for doing damage. Look at the damage done to places like Australia by settlers bringing in non native species. So while its a cool idea, not sure its necessarily a good one.

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I believe extinct mammoths and neanderthals are extinct for a good reason.

Let's see whom we currently blame for those... Oh, that's right! Humans! Is it not fine to bring back what we ourselves brought destruction to?

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Glycol57,

You have touched upon a very scary subject.

Taka

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very cool!

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I believe extinct mammoths and neanderthals are extinct for a good reason.

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The way to solve ethical questions like that is to prohibit the owning of cloning processes by any organization/business. Take away any potential windfall profits that might be realized through cloning fees, and the interest in cloning as a business will wane.

Fadamor, that sounds nice but that is the same approach we have with illegal drugs, and people still do it. As long as there are rich people who will pay to have a clone made when it becomes available for organ transplanting, I beleive that someone will do it to make a buck. Sad, but that is just human nature.

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The way to solve ethical questions like that is to prohibit the owning of cloning processes by any organization/business. Take away any potential windfall profits that might be realized through cloning fees, and the interest in cloning as a business will wane.

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This is interesting technology. Eventually - soon perhaps - it should be possible to re-create a number of extinct species, perhaps in numbers great enough to propagate the species again. The more recently extinct species will be the best candidates since their DNA will be the best condition and they will likely have close "cousin" species that can be used as surrogate parents. Long-extinct species such as the dinosaurs however ... the chances of finding enough intact DNA and re-assembling it seem rather poor. "Jurassic Park" was just a movie after all.

Now the most intriguing application ... re-creating proto-HUMANs - Neanderthals and homo erectus in particular. Both survived until comparatively recent times so, with a little effort, enough good DNA for a number of individuals should be possible to assemble. Either through love of science, or a little cash incentive, finding surrogate mothers shouldn't be too difficult.

One question though ... not being strictly "human", would Neanderthal 2.0 have any civil rights - or would it become a legal "slave species" ?

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Clone me a mammoth. That would be cool. < :-)

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cool, want to see mammoth in life

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cool

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I hope to see a real Jurassic Park before I die.

We better give these scientists a pay raise.

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Jurassic Park 4

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souryeki: True, it doesn't do a lot at the moment, but the applications of what they learn have the potential for profound impact in genetics in the future. Regardless, it's kind of 'cool'.

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Like if the world had not its share of super sized mammoth already ?

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