Reviving an extinct species of animal is a controversial topic on many levels. There are loads of issues involved, and the more one thinks of it, the more issues one can imagine. The science is not there yet, but it is being worked on, and furiously. Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not?
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John Kerry, he's also half man, half bear, and half pig!
Lets engineer more GMO mosquitoes and then sell vaccines! PROFIT!
That's three halfs wes? Oh, I see he's the result of a de-extinction experiment.
LMAO!!! I was going to comment on the 3 halves thing...but I could never have topped T's comment!! LOL
LOL! I'm hoping you've seen the Southpark 'manbearpig' episode. If not, do yourself a favor and watch it!!!!
Wes,you got me on that one,never watch SP &ever heard of the man,bear,pig episode,well done equat'nKerry with a cartoon episode,I watched a clip&there is a definite resemblance.I never have seenKerry's feet,I thought I had,but it was his chin
Yes, all the most majestic animals in Africa are currently in danger or only in zoos. If all there is of a species is some individuals in a zoo - they may as well be extinct, as they don't know how to live in their natural zone.
The official breeding programmes in good zoos allow for the fact that will and can be returned to the wild after training and hacking back. There does have to be a suitable wild environment to return them to though.
Hey, I've never heard of the scimitar cat. Thanks for mentioning that - I'm going to look it up!
That is a huge motivation for de-extinction - making amends for carrier pigeons, the Thylacine, etc.
I would totally be cool with a re-introduced Thylacine, who couldn't want a marsupial wolf/dog looking thing with tiger stripes running around? :D
Who indeed?! That would be quite something, wouldn't it? :)
I think you meant passenger pigeon Wes, we have carrier pigeons.
Ha! You mean you don't spend hours and hours of each and every day dreaming of seeing a real live wool coated mammoth?
No Wes, Not since I divorced him in '86!
"Every once in a while~NOT often~ he seems to know what he's blabbing about." whaaaaaaaaaaaaa...???? I'll take that as a compliment! (something I learned while on Venus)
Oh? You learned something? Wow. Too bad you couldn't have stayed longer!! Was that a long drawn out WHAAAT? or are you crying? LOL
The mammoth is the best shot because they find them whole and having been frozen since forever - so the dna isn't so degraded, AND they know they can implant an embryo in an African elephant. So you may get to see that mammoth!
OK but then what, you have an elephant that looks like a mamoth. Creating an animal 100% identical to an extinct species is probably an impossible task. Then what do you do to propagate the animal? No diverse gene pool, environment?
TSAD - no the idea is to put an embryo into an African elephant. An embryo from a mammoth. No, I've no idea how they are going to get the embryo - cloning, I suspect.
Well from what I've read the Asian elephants are closer to mammoths than either is to African elephants &they are not trying to make an exact copy of a mammoth,but rather a cold-resistant elephant by splicing mammoth genes for certain traits
Well said GM,but managing wildlife populations often requires hunting or some populations would overrun their ecosystem&destroy other speciesIt's illegal poaching that is the problem which isn't always incessant greed&selfishness but surviva
The Thylacine and the carrier pigeon weren't killed by the environment - except humans are part of the environment. Also, both went extinct in the 1900s - so I'm all for bringing those two back.
Not in your or my lifetime, won't happen. So who cares, I won't if I'm not around.
Would be good for a zoo or a circus show, see that's the problem. Once they're here what do you do with them, keep them in captivity forever? Not what they were meant to be.
Yes, but with the way it is going with elephants, maybe we should save them first! :)
Good point Wes, e should do that instead of trying to rewrite history. the ramifications to de-extinction of a species are many & the whole end game needs to be planned before the kick off. Fat chance,scientists r more int. in next paycheck.