Cloned Woolly Mammoth?

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Woolly mammoths could be brought back from extinction after a preserved body of one of the ancient animals was found frozen in the snowy wastes of Siberia, scientists hope.

The mammoth, which took its last steps around 40,000 years ago, is in such good condition that biologists believe they may be able to clone the creature.

An autopsy of the Ice Age beast, which has been nicknamed Buttercup by scientists, will be shown in a documentary later this month.

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Back from the dead? Scientists hope to bring woolly mammoths back from extinction after a preserved body of the ancient animal was found frozen in Siberia

An autopsy of the huge creature - nicknamed Buttercup - will be shown in a Channel 4 documentary later this month

The Channel 4 program will also examine pioneering work on cloning the woolly mammoth, which is taking place in South Korea and the US.

Scientists hope that, eventually, they will be able to reintroduce the huge creatures back into the wild, tens of thousands of years after they became extinct.

Insung Hwang, a South Korean geneticist, told the Independent: ‘Bringing back the mammoth either through cloning or genetic engineering would be an extremely long process. We’re trying hard to make this possible within our generation.’

‘That’s why we have to start discussing the implications now. Some of our colleagues are still working on analysing the genome from Buttercup’s specimen. This is a long and complicated process that is unlikely to be finished anytime in the near future.’

Dr Tori Herridge, an expert on mammoth biology at the Natural History Museum who took part in the work, thinks cloning the animal would cause too much suffering for surrogate Asian elephants used in the process.

She said: ‘The guys from South Korea, who are collecting tissue for cloning, were excited because the better preserved the tissue, the greater their hopes were that there would be some intact DNA

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2 comments on “Cloned Woolly Mammoth?

  1. Science is not moral nor should people judge it for even the most despicable things have provided information that has been useful later. Should we try to clone this animal? As long as it causes the animal no pain and will not be used only for experimentation. The opportunity to give so many the opportunity to see even a crossbreed would be great indeed. Care for the animal would have its best interest at heart but as with most good intentions can kill. As I understand the Indian elephant is closest to it on the evolutionary chain. It would be a wild animal and should be judged as unstable and unpredictable. The less contact with humans is always best. The information while valuable should never be considered as correct. All the data collected would be valuable and usable should other DNA gathered and this animal prove fertile a closer animal may be the result. Even if successful we need to take much care for they don’t belong in this world and could cause more harm if unchecked. mankind often takes off and runs full tilt and doesn’t see the cliff that will kill but is ignored by the euphoria of the moment. Science must be treasured for what it can give us but with any science the balance always exists that will give us as much danger with it. Small careful steps will give mankind a treasure blind steps where we don’t watch where we put our feet can cause us to loose the foot.
    Grampa

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