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Jurassic Park for Real? - Cloning Extinct Animals

Updated on April 30, 2015

Cloning the Extinct Tasmanian Tiger

Geneticists have cloned sheep, horses, cats and dogs. The next step it seems is to bring back the dead because scientists are currently working on resurrecting through cloning an animal extinct since 1936.

The Australian Tasmanian tiger, or Thylacine, was hunted to extinction 79 years ago, but now geneticists think they can bring back the fierce predator using DNA from stuffed museum specimens.

"Bringing back an extinct creature would unlock the door to progress. Who knows what other 'impossible' things may be on the other side?"

~Michael Archer

Thylacine also known as the Tasmanian Tiger
Thylacine also known as the Tasmanian Tiger

Cloning Project Background

The project is headed by evolutionary biologist Michael Archer, dean of science at the University of New South Wales in Australia. In collaboration with colleagues at Australian universities and U.S. genetics labs, Archer hoped to bring this carnivourous marsupial back from extinction using DNA from an infant female preserved in alcohol since 1866.

Part of the difficulty lies in restoring the degraded DNA, in fact Archer's first team failed to extract quality DNA from the infant female and the project was scrapped in February 2005. But with a new team, new technology and a new strategy to recover genes from the bones and teeth of thylacines in museum specimens the project was revived again in October 2005.

If Archer's new team can figure out how to restore degraded DNA there is a chance the Tasmanian tiger could live again. What's next...the Woolly Mammoth? Actually that's not so far fetched...in fact there are projects underway to clone the mammoth as well as the Spanish bucardo goat.

What should we do about cloning?

With each breakthrough in cloning research comes increased controversy. Should we be messing with nature? On one hand there may be a great number of discoveries that lead to better health or the preservation of endangered species, on the other hand there is a great moral dilemma involved when anyone mentions human cloning or genetically modified food.

What is your opinion on clone research?

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How to Clone an Extinct Animal

The basic steps to clone an animal are in theory pretty straight forward. Here are the six steps to creating a clone.

  1. Obtain Sample DNA:

    Find cells from the animal's tissue, bones, teeth, hair, etc.. Then extract the DNA from the cell's nucleus.

  2. Rebuild Genome:

    Reassemble the DNA of the extinct animal using the genome of a related living animal as a guide. In the tiger's case that is the Tasmanian devil.

  3. Swap DNA:

    Remove the ovarian eggs of the related animal and replace their nuclei with the restored genetic material from the extinct animal.

  4. Zap the Eggs:

    Fuse the nuclei with the eggs and trigger cell devision by shocking them with electric current or treating them with chemicals.

  5. Implant the Embryos:

    When the embyos have grown to 200 cells in size transfer them into the womb of the related animal for gestation.

  6. Delivery:

    The surrogate mother gives birth. The extinct species is reborn once again. It is scientists hope that the necessary survival skills will be coded into its genes.

Dolly the sheep, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
Dolly the sheep, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh

In 1997 the world was taken by surprise with the news that scientists in Scotland had cloned the first mammal! The sheep Dolly (named after Dolly Parton actually, yes really) was the star of the media for a long time.

This event sparked a huge scientific and moral debate, can we now clone humans? Or extinct animals, or the less savory characters from history... What should be allowed and what should be forbidden? What do you think?

Join the Cloning Debate - Let the battle begin!

Since I've created this little page on cloning extinct animals I've had some comments from many people voicing their opinion on the merits or morals of cloning. And the above poll results show that not everyone is very keen on the idea of cloning especially when it involves human cloning.

So let's start a little debate so all voices can be heard. Is cloning the future and will it lead to many improvements in life? Or, is cloning something better left alone, something that may lead to the end of humans on earth?

How do you feel about cloning?

Cloning is the future deal with it!

Cloning is the future deal with it!

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    • Anon 2 years ago

      We should clone an array of organisms spanning all the way back to the Eocene, then we'll sign a treaty with Argentina and have a park built there, (because Argentina has the perfect assemblage of different sub climates) The park could be organised based on time period. Also mega-mammals are just as incredible as dinosaurs. Search up Indricotherium.

    • stm1 2 years ago

      Worse then trying infill sequence gaps to clone a dinosaur.. could scientists fill it with anything to create, worse, a monster we know nothing about.. just for the sake of creating something ?

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      i think cloning is cool but things that wernt hunted to extinction died out for a reason also you are a mad man if you(some how)clone a MEGALODON!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      hey. i like and love that idea. maybe someday people can recreate any extinct animals back to life.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i wanted 25 extinct animals that should be brought back:

      25. dodo

      24. great auk

      23. moa

      22. elephant bird

      21. smilodon

      20. mammoth species

      19. mastodons

      18. thylacinus

      17. quagga

      16. ground sloth species

      15. glyptodont species

      14. litopterns

      13. toxodons

      12. chalicotheres

      11. brontotheres

      10. diprotodons

      9. short faced kangaroo species

      8. cave bear

      7. irish elk

      6. woolly rhino

      5. elasmotherium

      4. palaeotheres

      3. entelodonts

      2. champsosaurus

      1. dinosaurs

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Black rhino (hundreds killed by poachers for what?? their horn),doodoo bird,Tasmanian tiger,i think man should replace what thyve killed off

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i feel cloning is not just about right or wrong its about science and technology, in saying that how is cloning any different then any other technological piece of material, cloning should occer and will occer, its a huge step in human development and we should use it to bring back what was once lost not to put into the world so that it will cause danger but by building a spacific outdoor based zoo to let them roam but keep an eye on them, this way we can inhabit almost any animal by simply making an area sutible for its survival and if a recent envirnment will not suit them then brining back extinct plants shouldnt be that hard either to support the animals of extinction

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Cloning is a good thing for animals to come back

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Cloning is a good thing for animals to come back

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      hello

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      cloning dinosaurs might work but something might go wrong when you clone them 1 they might kill there pack 2 they might get sick 3 the power might go out from the thunderstorm 4 someone will steal the DNA from the visitor centor and clone them in the city and go on a rampage

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Cloning extinct animals is a good idea but we probably should be careful with it, after all, we don't want a T-Rex roaming wild using us as a chew toy. But one safely enclosed in a zoo would bring quite the audience.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i wonder how scientjsts discover mysteries........................?????????????????

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think it's fine to clone extinct animals, especially the ones we caused or partially caused to go extinct.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think that if we clone extinct animals, then it should only ones that humans caused, like, for instance, the Tasmanian Tiger, or the Black Rhino. There is also considerable evidence that humans caused the extinction of the Mammoth and other Ice Age Megafauna. And who knows, maybe re-introducing extinct animals may help endangered ones in some way?

    • boa11kfh 4 years ago

      I believe it would be a wonderful scientific advancement to bring back a mammoth or another extinct creature. However, it wasn't just due to humans that they died out. I think it would be better to bring back something more recently extinct. And also to start smaller. There are loads of threatened and recently extinct amphibians out there to work on.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      creating dinosaurs from long degraded dna is improbable at the least. Also, you must bring into account that there is likely nothing that is still edible to dinosaurs, thus dooming it to a preamature demise. Yet, if we resurect a thylacine or a broad bill parrot, we would be undoing a horrible error. Also, most of the more recently extinct animals still have their prey running around, or food plants still growing. In conclusion, I belive that animals extinct or endangered due to human interference deserve a second chance, while bringing a triceratops would be cruel, and force them into a world that has been changed to much for them to live in

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      If we clone the animals of the dead i think they will roam the planet again

      And i am scared because they will go to our local zoo

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      We should use it for endangered species.From extinction.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      it is our mistake to fix

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      If we create the ones that died. The Earth will be reborned!

      It will be the most amazing thing I will ever see in my life. I'm scared as well if they clone what will happen? Will Countries go in chaos and do the most stupidest things to these extinct animals?

    • JohnI07 5 years ago

      Cloning is not the future, just a natural process in human evolution.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      As long as it's not full human cloning, just certain organs, I believe it our responsibility to revive species of plants and animals that we destroyed, as it was our fault. The ones nature took, well, we shouldn't meddle with that.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm on board for this !!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Human cloning is ok, look at all the we might make great discoveries in biology. As long as the humans created are treated like humans, not animals and that they are not going to have an altered life due to their origin

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Clone them. For an extinct animal to come back to life is amazing. Do it.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Cloning is just another discovery/invention like that of plastic except with lesser side effects like pollution. It hasn't been proven to be harmful yet so i see no harm in just shutting the hell up and seeing wat comes of it.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      there is surely nothing wrong with attempting to clone animals, if it will help with any sort of human dieseases. The amount of people that beleive it is wrong are surely not thinking straight. Risking a few animals lives with failed cloning is surley worth the risk if it goes succesfuly it can save millions of humans? Would any of you sacrifice yourself if it stopped one monkey, or one sheep getting hurt? No, no one in their right mind would not.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      It is key to our survival as a species to understand and create tools or devices to deal with our environment. Understanding our own genetic make up and being able to Control it is the key to immortality as a race and possibly as individuals. Otherwise we are just another flash in the pan soon gone and forgotten. I want to be immortal.if you want to die and be forgotten, then so be it.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think is perfactly fine to clone animals and humans for.medical reasons

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think cloning is fine as long as were doing good for the environment

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Cloning is good for bringing back the animals that WE caused to die off. this is a good opportunity to have some trial and error to increase our understanding of the unknown world of cloning. The more we work with it, the more likely we should be able to clone with weaker DNA, right?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i think stuff like cloning and tampering with animal's genetics is a certain thing we should put aside until we have better technology.... and until we can afford it. Sure, it may just be the answer to saving endangered species and bringing back dead ones, but lets get a little realistic. With the cost of cloning being at over $25,000, we wont be able to bring back very many at one time. So i say: the cloning of large animals, and reincarnating dead species is somthing to stay in the movies.

    • Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      It's got some promise but, like most technology, we need to be careful about how we use it. I'm okay with using it to, say, bring Fido back to life.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I agree with hysongdesigns and I have to do a report too. And we are trying to fix our mistakes, not become god,firexis.

    • hysongdesigns 5 years ago

      I have a lot of mixed feelings about this; messing around with nature is not something I think we should be doing. However, mankind has caused the extinction of quite a few animals in the past 100-200 years and it would be kind of cool to be able to bring them back to life; just that would they have any quality habitat to live in?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think cloning is a great way to learn more about extinct species that we didn't know much about.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      clones are a way to undo the harm us humans and the world has done to extinct animals

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I belevie that cloning should be last resort for endangered species. and if we managed to bring back extict animals. we should leave them in zoos, their nautral ecosystem has changed

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i have to wright a report on it

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, I think that cloning is the future, and is a great chance to save our endangered species

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Cloning is going to happen eventually no matter how many people object. There are many scientific, ethical and economic benefits that come with the cloning of animals.

      If humans are the reason some animals became extinct it would be immoral not to try and bring them back!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      we should clone animals but not people. we can save many speices with cloning. all animals should be given a second chance of life we are the ones that killed them.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      get some

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Wing Commander, Ekperigan; you're a hypocrite. Do NOT go insulting American High School students and saying we are retarded when you can't even spell "RETARDED" correctly. Now why don't you run along, go back to high school so you can learn how to spell, and use proper grammar. Thanks; this was fun, now have a nice day.

      P.S. Now, my opinion on cloning is that; yes it can be dangerous, possibly even immoral on some accounts, but it can also save lives and further studies.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      do it for the sake of the internet bringing LOLz

    • natnickeep lm 6 years ago

      Obviously most people on Squidoo are okay with cloning by the vast number of people on this side and not on that side. By the way life is not a movie "Jurassic park" we have other reasons for cloning besides pure human entertainment. We also are not cloning to just make a twin for whom ever wants one. I think cloning organs for those who need them is a new way or curing disease. And we can learn a lot and gain a lot from it. For anyone on the other side do some research. Anyone who says we are playing God well I am glad that one is out the window for me. Why would he of given us the means and motivation to do this if it wans't right. Everything in life has it's negative and positive pros and cons..so does this..but I think there are many more pros than cons.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      people against the cloning of animal and human DNA are the lowest level of scum in the modern world. What stupid Americans do not realise is that in a modern society where its people do not hunt their food and live of the land evolution and natural selection has stopped, as the human body no longer needs to alter itself to meet the needs of its enviroment as would normally be the case in natural enviroment.

      It is for this reason that cloning is not only acceptable but neccessary, as with no further human evolution and development we need to take control ourselves with the use of cloning. The potential posotives of Cloning are extreme from the smaller such as growing livestock population to the more Sci-Fi effects such as using cloning to alter the Genetic Makup of a Human (e.g. Altering your DNA to make your hair thicker and fuller, by adding a "thick hair gene" from a suitable donor).

      The only real arguemnt that people have against cloning is that it is un-natural or "Against God", personally i think this is absurd, the human race is already 800 years technologically behind what it should be due to the "Dark Ages" where the research into science and technology was banned and in some areas was punishable by death. Know this is marginally acceptable for an extremley uneducated medieval society, but for people in 2010 to still believe that technology should be held back because of religion is a collosal outrage and i would like to personally hack these people up with an axe as they are in such large number that "Human Cloning" is still illegal.

      One day Political leaders will wake up to the benefits of cloning and will then ignore the complaints from religious organistations and un-educated "God Loving" Americans.

      p.s i do belive in some kind of Entity, but not a god as represented by any religion, as anyone with any logic would not follow the beliefs of a religion idealised over 2000 years ago when the standard of understanding and intelegence was equivalent to that of a retarted American high school student.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      not just cloning but genetic engineering. we were put on this earth to evolve, survive, but mainly to create and eventually achieve anything. changing nature may seem wrong, but as humans its in our genes, and if you dont like that then you are gonna have to use genetic engineering to change it!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i feel great with cloning! i could survive longer. but heres a problem: meat eaters.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Taking a somewhat ethically approach on it, I think cloning is man playing God. But with that said, I believe that in the case where man has caused the extinction of a species, it is only fair to use this extiction to revive the species and give them a second chance. Creatures such as dinosaurs and early fish and reptiles and even the wooly mammoth lived in a very distant time and did not die due to mans ignorance so I don't think it's ethical to revive them. Plus the world has changed so much since their time and because they've been extinct for so long, the lack of the effects of evolution will probably lead them to suffer in our modern world. We don't know exact details of their habitats and needs so they may only suffer at our hands in our attempt for them to live again.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      as for any tool definitely cloning too is a double sided coin, but it can provide a lott towards the disease treatment , genetics , and ecology. as per my view we should move forward with cloning, through which miracles are going to happen.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Cloning has been done for many years with plants and no one seems to be concerned with that nor has it given any ill effect on us or the various plants it has been done with. In fact some plant species naturally clone their selves. It has been an extremely useful tool and I can see no problem at all with cloning used for increasing numbers of rare breeds of animals whether they be wild life or domesticated animals. I also feel it would fantastic to use it bring back species from extinction particularly species who's extinction was caused by we humans. People should not get cloning and genetic modification confused as they are very different subjects.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      To be honest when I am older I want to be a paleontoligist so the benifets of being able to clone extinct animals would be collosal. This also shows that humans can and probably will sustain life this way if nessasery which I think is amazing.

      oh yes and to the people that talk jiberish about God thinking cloning is wrong you do not even need to wright comments if you are going to wright pure crap. In short HE DOES NOT EXIST AND SAME FOR JESUS.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      If cloning is used to bring back or save species this is the most brilliant way to help life evolve and carry on. Also if cloning can revive extinct animals even better, because if humans are responsible for making some other animals go extinct. It is simply disgusting, humans are also animals so it is like wipeing out out one of your own. For example humans wiped out the thyclaine just because it was killing live stock, it did not know what it was doing. Simply it was trying to survive. And humans wipeing it out was wrong. So if people learn to clone, the mistakes made in the past can be corected and life can get back on track like it should have. But on the other hand if a species goes extinct due to a natural cause it just means it had it's shot at life and it failed but reviving it could not do any harm either. In conclusion I think that cloning is the future and it should be continued.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yes do it !!!! can u bring back saber tooth tigerr

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      it cant be the same exact animal reliving again? i mean, all you are doing is getting the female animal pregnant just with genes from an old species. Example: people get a tiger pregnant with a lion by breeding them. its the same thing except without the male. therefore its not cloning or a sin, i think?

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Start with something small and recent like the tasmanian tiger or dodo bird. They may have a better chance compared to the bigger and centuries old dinosaurs and wooly mammoth

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Ashley, you've been watching jurassic park too much. there are reasons for extinction but thats no excuse not to try. There is a book in stores now by Jack horner called How To Build a Dinosaur. It talks about a new way palentologists can better understand evolution, creating a dinosaur out of a simple chicken (Chickenosaurus). Think of the benifits of having true prehistoric animals to learn about are evolutionary paths. And about god, im chatholic so i know what you mean, Docters play god everyday by saving lives & helping diliver babies, whether you like it or not, we all play god every day in are lives. Finally, yes, i do believe if dinosaurs returned to life, mankind would survive. if we can survive are modern wildlife, we can surely cope with a dinosaurs existence. They are more like are modern wildlife than you think. I think all we can take from jurassic park is the idea of containment, The animals could be contained in one of the many isolated areas or islands of are Earth. If you want to see how prehistorc animals would survive in the 21st centurey, buy BBC six part series Prehistoric Park, the real Jurassic Park. sure we may have struggles but we can overcome, "life will find a way".

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Bryan, have you ever stopped to think that perhaps the dinosaurs were a failed experiment of sorts and that they weren't meant to survive? Perhaps by cloning them to "bring them back to life" we would be playing God. Also, do you honestly believe that we would have a snowball's chance in hell if the dinosaurs did come back?

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      By cloning extinct animals, mankind would be giving prehistoric nature a second chance. The dinosaurs never had a chnce to survive. with cloning we can even keep are modern wildlife from suffering the same fate as the dinosaurs and mamoth

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      HELLO!!!!!!!! do you guys know how FREAKIN intersting this would be it would be a whole new world before our own eyes! i mean think about it! and themedievalnun we could put the whoolly mamoth in artica were it is below like 3 degress a day so i mean dont be a know it all! see there we found a place!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i think this is very extrodinary and cool this could change the world as we see it know i mean i am only 15 but this is amazing! it would be just a great pleasure to see a wolly mammoth alive instead of a movie you know! it would be just awesome! to explore the world that the cavemen did! BUT! we have to be careful and not turn it into jurrasic park and allow the dinosaurs to take over! that would be pretty scary! but this is just so freakin interisting

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      that second post was aimed at themedievilnun s***!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      also to the douche bag that says the humans that are inferior, well get a life i hope your children become inferior its not a fault not being nfertile its not their fault its yours, they are infertile due too a number of reasons like people like you, im only 15 but dont try and stick all this down other peoples throats you heartless cow, also if we did clone a mammoth and you say they requir and arctic tundra and your wondering where to put them well you have just answered it we would put them in our arctic tundras yea not many left but russia so you know dont say nothing

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      they died for a reason, the animals had their chance and like us when our ansestors split into groups we survived and evolved better, apes continued on into lesser and greater apes but the lesser developed humanoids died out as they could not out compete us,

      however with this in mind i want to clone an animal it is the future and plus i want to see a dino and do not start saying it is against gods plans or whatever if he did not want us doing anyhing like this he would not have let us get even this far.

    • sciencefictionn 7 years ago

      I can understand cloning extinct animals as well living species for research reasons. Instead I can't see any sound need in cloning human beings, but only dangers and problems; future laws will account for this. I imagine that all this will be valid at least in the near future, till when human ethics will not change ...

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      We shouldn't clone ourselves ret#^!s we sould be cloning ectinct animals.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      With the great leaps and bounds made throughout all fields in recent history and those that i hope will continue far into our uncertain future, it would be a sad thing to not take advantage of the knowledge gained through our myriad mistakes and on occasion make an effort to perhaps correct some of them.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i say clone animals which are easy to kill or it may happen we be no longer the top of the food chain

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      not everyone is christian and believes in god.

      so you can't tell everyone out there that it is religiously wrong.

      so technically religion is not a sound argument against cloning - it isnt universal

      science, however, you cant argue with

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I say to science hater that god did not say cloning was wrong as the people who wrote the bible did not even know what cloning was.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Cloning humans is wrong but we should clone endangered and extinct species like Dodos and Pandas.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      apparently jesus wasn't no grammer expert either... science hater...

      if your a believer then think about this

      - god gave us gifts, gifts of knowledge, intuition and imagination. why would he give us such amazing talents if he intended us NOT to use them.

      if god is all knowing and allmighty SURELY he would have seen this coming.

      you cant stop progress

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Cloning is possible, just like Jamal said, Genetic engineering and cloning is agood combination. the future era.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      it could be possible to create dead animals from living animals.for................- example,take a ostrich,and switch on dino dna,give it bulked.......................- legs,claws,teeth[meat or plant],skin[feather or scales],and,of course,a.........- tail.well,its possible.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      we should clone all species killed by modern man. For endangered species there should be an active collecting of quality DNA for the future. Thank God for zoos. Tubal ligations and Vasectomies for all humans (I've had one)

    • The Goblins Den 8 years ago

      Like it or not, I believe cloning will become an important part of our future society. It's probably not a good a idea to go and resurrect every animal from Earth's past...but if it can be done, you can bet someone will do it.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Cloning could save human and animal lives alike. I think it along with stem cell research is perfectly fine.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Cloning is a necessary thing the humans will have to prepare for. It could save the food supply for the future, provide organs to those who need it. It coud also be used to save an extinct species if it is perfected enough- like to save dinosaurs, mammoths or dragons- lol

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Those who desire to retard and hinder our most productive natural resource, the thinking human mind, are fools. Science will take us wherever we have the courage to follow it. Critics who lash out at science while using the Internet to do so are just sad . . . and funny. But mostly sad.

      There should be no artificial limit placed on knowledge, only a natural limit.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      WOw, to think one day the zoos would have wooly mammoth rides and sabbertooth tiger exibits is like my birthday wish came true. Now all the kids of the future might still see a polar bear or might even see something we never got to see like a dino.

    • Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What a wonderful thing is modern science! I hope to see the Australian Thylacine soon.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Cloning like all new technologies has both positive and negative effects. I am niether for nor against cloning. While in true the benefits are even with the risks, technology in itself is a product of humanity and humanity alone. Whether or not our technology is used for positive or negative is our choice and ours alone. For me Im a future biotechnologist and this is my view point!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      cloning will being back all of the dinos back

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      but I think all of you have a point and Fred, what if in these animals there's a cure for one of these diseases huh? what then? people are finding cures for diseases in lots of animals here and now! who knows what the animals of the past have to offer? I don't quite agree with the cloning humans though...ick...another adolf hitler...bad image...

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      well as long as we don't go to far with this cloning thing it should be fine. people and bring back the extinct animals we never knew about and perhaps in these animals are an unknown cure for a disease or something. anyways. just don't go to far and you'll be fine. But you don't have to listen to me. I'm just a 12 year old girl...

    • Alisha Vargas 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      At the rate we are killing off animal species, we need to do something. Yes, we should save the animals we have now, but there is nothing we can do to save some of them since they have too few numbers to reproduce. If cloning them can bring back some of the animals humans have killed off or are close to being killed off, I say of course we should do it.

    • Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      We live in an amazing age indeed. Cloning is definitely in our future and I certainly don't want to be on some mythical Ethical Committee.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I agree with Jordan.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Using Cloning to give rebirth to exctinct species is worth a shot, and therapuedic cloning is wonderful, but human cloning is expensive, pointless, and unethical.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Cloning extinct species may be the key to survival for all of mankind. We need to intimately understand what kills species if we want to last. At this point, humans are so far advanced in our evolution that our mutations have slowed, creating fewer highly differing alleles--something that is needed if there are any extreme changes to the environment in which we live...and, with all the dangers of the modern world (viral evolution and weaponization, nuclear warfare, etc.) heaven knows we may stand only years away from a disaster that could potentially wipe mankind from the face of the planet.

      We need cloning to survive...let's get to work.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      let's combine dna to make incredibly and exciting new animals.and invent dna machines.my new machine idea;dna -model creator.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Cloning can be useful in eliminating diseases and choosing only

      healthy superior genes,a superior race as long as its not used

      for evil purposes could even make einsteins.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Endangered species that we ourselves have made extict - like the woolley mammoth should be saved, i believe.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      eh its just another way to slowly destroy the world, im sure the world is probs going to be over by the time they can clone humans anyway. it good to think that we can bring back animals that we have destroyed

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      well, i can say that cloning is our way to be with our departed prehistoric animals....

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I think that cloning is a controversial idea. There, in my persoal opioin, is nothing wrong with cloning. But what rights would the clone have? Cloning has been sucessful with lower speiecs, but should we go into humans. We must consider if the clone would be considered an indiviual. Would it have rights? Could it vote? Would it ever be considered more than an "it"? Would the prospect of being a clone drive it mad, segragate it from the general public, or create a whole new speices enterly? How would it be raised? What if it found out? Would it be hailed, or regected? Who would know?

    • kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I have no problem with using cloning to try to bring back a species that recently went extinct, or is nearly extinct - however bringing back an animal that has been gone for centuries could be dangerous. It may now have no natural preditors and an introduction of a new species into any ecology system could just throw it off. As for humans...no! We have enough procreating as it is!

    Cloning is an unnatural abomination!

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Although cloning can be a great tool, it must be used wisely and only bring back recent extinctions not of natural causes. This is simply because of the practicality of bringing back extinct species who have not suffered at the hands of human causation. For example, to bring back a woolly mammouth would then have us recreate an environment that nature at its current state won't support. This then could cause issues and a waste of resources to do this.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        we don't clone its just natures way the animals have to be extinct

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I think cloning is a great idea but why clone an extinct animal, when we can't even take care of the modern animals, for instance, the tiger and the javan rinoh.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No way. I can't think of why we should do that. Yes, we killed the animals. But to use another animal to make another? Too much pressure. Especially in the case of the Woolly Mammoth. If it is bigger than it's mother, then it will probably die!

      • sousababy 5 years ago

        I feel that it is something we shouldn't interfere with . . creating a life is a huge responsibility (whether human or animal). We may not know all the ramifications of it: disease, food-chain balance, eco-systems, over-population or perhaps some genetic disruption to already evolved species. I am 'all for' saving extinct animals . . but I'm not sure cloning is the answer. Could be a Pandora's box . . .

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I think Cloning has much potential to be gained, there is also alot of dangers and risks. Mostly on the clones, if they even survive. The process is too unefficient, and it takes up so much government money to fund the research that only succeeds less than 3% of the time.

      • CanAnybodySing 6 years ago

        While there are some benfits to cloning, it is also treading in dangerous waters. What if we accidentally create something that goes viral?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        cloning is stupid!!! why do they want to clone species? do they want to replace God as them who wants to "create" there own species? it is not the animal's fault why they are extinct, it is our fault!!! they keep killing animals,destroying there habitats and even polluting the world...

        so, BLAME THE ONES WHO KILL NATURE!!!

      • Shadrosky 6 years ago

        I agree with Alexa, messing with nature is a bit sinister and even foreboding in terms of what could potentially happen.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I think cloning experyments is best of another

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Well, i am in the middle of this whoole cloning thing. do i think it will happen? yes, it will eventually.

      • halibound lm 6 years ago

        I am kind of in the middle... Things disappear because of human interference and they stick around for certain reasons. We should try to prevent this from happening rather than cloning to fix it.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Look a jurassic park! Messing with nature is a horrible. The only reason humans are on the planet is cause dinos are dead! D-E-A-D

        No! look at the Jurrasic Park! The only reason humans are here is cause dinos are dead!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        life isnt about being perfect; we dont need clonning in people. People are created to be unique and to survive in different habitats, including social world, environment, and doing different jobs. Nature made us who we are, and I do not think it will end well if we go against nature. However, I think that if we use cloning in moderation, to clone food items to helps the populatiions survive, etc, that would be alright...but even that is pushing it.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        giggity giggity goo

      • C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

        Typically, when people mess with nature, the results aren't good. While the idea of cloning is fascinating, I think we should err on the side of caution and not mess with it.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        well it says for eating purposes but how sure are we that it is completely safe

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        ya that guy i was talking about, thats Dr. Malcom

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I agree with that one guy from Jurassic Park, animals are extinct for a reason they shouldnt be brught back. I feel that is very true.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        look the whole issue of cloning can get out of hand i mean,when it comes to cloning animals and whatevervthats great cause we get to find grt discoveries and evrything but at the same time when it comes to human cloning that just drws the line.the human clones can fight us because they have equal brains like us kay? do u get my point? and i f they dont where are we going to keep all the clones i mean its not like we have the whole world

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        "What you call discovery, I call the rape of the natural world."

        Dr. Malcolm, Jurassic Park

      • TheMedievalNun 7 years ago

        As for cloning humans: if you are so genetically inferior that you can't reproduce naturally, why on earth would you want to clone yourself? So your child can also be genetically inferior and unable to reproduce? Natural selection weeds out genetically inferior people and keeps our species viable. If everyone goes to cloning themselves instead of having babies the old-fashioned way, then we will never evolve; we'll be stuck being the same genetically inferior people our forebearers were. One day we might even go extinct because we will not be able to adapt to whatever nature throws at us. Cloning exists in nature as asexual reproduction, but most species reproduce sexually. That's because nature knows that, in most cases, that's the best way for a species to survive. If we got better through cloning, we'd already be making babies that way.

      • TheMedievalNun 7 years ago

        Woolly mammoths require arctic tundra to support them. Where on earth would we put a woolly mammoth today? It went extinct because its habitat changed and it didn't; we might can clone the mammoth, but we sure can't clone a glacier ice shelf stretching across Russia for it to live next to. Things go extinct because they're inferior to some other species in a given environment. You may clone them, but they will never be capable of supporting themselves without constant human intervention because they are too inferior to survive. Worse, they may interbreed with cousin animals and weaken them until both go extinct. Wild turkeys are interbreeding with domestic turkeys (which are so weak they require constant human attention to survive) and the hybrids are too stupid to survive in the wild; wild turkeys are being weakened by a weak cousin and there is worry that they may go extinct. Wouldn't we hate it if the same thing happened between the woolly mammoths and Asian elephants?

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        since these animals have extinct, why clone them?

        if the clone animals weren't meant to be the way how it shoud be, all of us will be threathen.

        think twice !

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        since these animals have extinct, why clone them?

        if the clone animals wasn't meant to be the way it should be, we all will be threathen.

        think twice

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Cloning's wrong and god said in the bible that it ain't easy to clone no mammel and it sure ain't wright (Zachariah 7:32). I believe in jesus and that makes me distrust science cause jesus wasn't no scientist.

        Also I live in a mobile home community, wear sleeveless t-shirts, and engage in the recreational usage of methamphetamines - so I don't know if that skews my perspective a bit or not. I do think I'm fairly representational of the typical anti-cloning proponent.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        only god can create pefectly

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        if every one in an area has the same genetic make up then a single disease could wipe out a huge amount of the population

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Cloning is wrong it is not our job to play God. Under developed kideys large tounges and squished faces are side affects of clones. Clones suffer if we make mistakes. STOP THE CLONING!!!!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Cloning Human beings is extremely pointless. I really dont see why we need to do it! cloning organs is fine, but not cloning humans to harvest their organs!!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        i think cloning is unnescesary, there is no point

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Why bother putting so much effort into cloning when we can put our effort into saving the species we have already.

        Like sharks, once we've destroyed them with finning (Asia!!) the whole ocean will be screwed.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        cloning people would be the end of the world. our world wouldnt be able to the amount of people.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Cloning I think is a bad idea. You can't make me believe that cloning is a good idea because we can bring back extinct animals. That would just be dangerous because more in likely, they would eat us, for the fact that they have no natural food that they would normally eat. Also, what happens when some brain surgeon decides to clone Adolf hitler or Charles Manson? Exactly, the world's end. We also have other problems including poverty problems, foreclosure issues, and the research that needs to be made for cancer and otherdiseases. Wasting money on cloning is not worth it!!!!

      • DaileyEscapes 9 years ago

        I think cloning would be in order to come up with cures for diseases. However, since I feel that it would be abused, I think that it should not be allowed. Humans only find a way to mess it up.

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        WHATS THE POINT OF CLONING!!!

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        That idea is stupid. WE SHOULD MESS WITH THE PAST AND THE NAUTURAL WAY OF THINGS!

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        by Cloning, we are somehow putting God in our own hands, we are playing God in re birthing the animals he created and died out. By Cloning extinct species, we are opening doors to new infectious and deadly diseases, may cause the decline of our own species homosapiens and we have not got the evironmnets of the past animals discovered or intact.

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        Cloning is an abomination if use to create kids or something but if it is to save endangered speices it is fine or to create lots of food

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        eet is bad in other terms lol i mean we all die by dinosaurs der like 10000000000000000 times our size!!!!!!!!

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        Man cloning things is just wrong. It's our fault that we weren't able to take care of Mother Earth by ourselves and that is our fault they died in the first place. if we keep doing this kind of stuff we will be like raising the dead and playing God. What if soon the whole world is cloning dead stuff, Hitlar might just try again to take over the world. What if cloned dinosaurs are used for war in some countries? That would be like Animal Abuse and everyone knows that's wrong. So dont clone dead beings.

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        would you really want to have a copy of your self and cloning will just turn out to be corrupt as oil is and people will do it for the money not for humankind its a fact since its the human way

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        dont play he role of god.

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        I don't think we should do it. Cloning a human is definetly wrong, Imagine someone said that they could bring back your dead mom...AND IT WASN'T ANYTHING LIKE YOUR MOM. Sure they would have the same talents but could they really have the same personality? DNA is so unstable it wouldn't really be your mom. Animals would be interesting for study purposes and food but still its just the exact same thing as testing make up on animals POINTLESS AND CRUEL!

      • anonymous 9 years ago

        human cloning is a really bad idea, i'm ok with animals to bring back the extinct animals but i'm against human cloning

      • Lily Link 9 years ago

        I think that right now, its unnecessary. In terms of food, we've been cloning produce for years, but produce versus animals... Big difference. I mean what diseases and health concerns can you really get from a cloned carrot. It's not an animal and ignoring pesticides and such, its not as common to get sick from a banana as a cow. I think its unethical, a waste of tax payers $, and not necessary. It won't save land bc you'll still need tons of land to raise baby cows, pigs, or chickens, and it surely won't save money.

      Further Reading About the Tasmanian Tiger

      Can the Woolly Mammoth be Cloned?
      Can the Woolly Mammoth be Cloned?

      Woolly Mammoth: Back Again?

      Jarkov mammoth may be the key

      In 1999, French polar explorer Bernard Buigues and mammoth experts Dick Mol and Larry Agenbroad unearthed a 23,000 pound block of permafrost containing the remains of a woolly mammoth near the Bolchaya Balakhnya River in Siberia.

      Scientists were hopeful that the block of frozen earth would yield an intact mammoth carcass. The possibility led a number of genetic research facilities around the world to propose extracting DNA from the soft tissues of the extinct creature with the goal of cloning it back to life.

      Unfortunately for those scientists interested in cloning the mammoth there was very little soft tissue and bone remaining. As in the case of the Tasmanian tiger there was just too little quality DNA to give cloning much of a chance.

      But if scientists can discover a technique to restore degraded DNA the first major hurdle in cloning the mammoth will be overcome. That would just leave several other unknown factors including the gestation period of the mammoth. Will it match that of the Asian elephant, the mammoth's closest living relative? Not to mention there is a bit of a size difference between the woolly mammoth and the Asian elephant; what kind of problems will this cause for the surrogate mother?

      All in all the odds are currently stacked against a successful clone, but with the ever expanding developments in genetics some day in the next 20-30 years there might just be woolly mammoth rides at your local zoo.

      Woolly Mammoth Fact and Fiction - More info on the woolly mammoth for your reading pleasure

      Cloning Books and Resources - More information for your cloning research

      If you are interested in learning more about cloning, genetics and DNA analysis there are many fine books and laboratory manuals available.

      This one is a good place to start one gene cloning and DNA analysis. Enjoy your research! And perhaps one day we'll be reading about your discoveries in the wonderful world of cloning research.

      A Lens of the Day Selection

      9/28/06

      A Thank you to the fine people of Squidoo for choosing this lens as Lens of the Day on September 28th 2006 (Holy Moley has it been that long?) And to the many readers who have graced this lens with their curiosity - may you all be cloned and visit again, and again.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hallo, its always nice to know something new, God create human, and Gos ia allmighty super power, what is already perish by HIM, must consider again to live it back, but I agree human must try this for the positive purpose for human life and not for just fun or just crazy idea, think about life cycles, and if its danger for human, delete again this creature, oakya..relax...my friend,... but mostly I agree.

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          MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

          What an interesting lens! Well done!

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          LewesDE 5 years ago

          I love this lens! please make more.

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          sousababy 5 years ago

          Very belated congrats on LotD for this insightful lens. I am sure there is ample argument both for and against cloning. (I'm a little on the cautious side, not sure we know what we are getting ourselves into with cloning). Still, I suppose I need to look at more evidence and certainly there is life-saving potential to consider. Thank you for sharing, Rose

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Um um might there be any um dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour?

          Um uh life uh finds a way....

          uh um and now im uh sitting by myself uhhh talking to myself, that's chaos theory.

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          Runnn 6 years ago

          Don't clone people, plz....

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          pinkrenegade lm 6 years ago

          If cloning would be successful, that would be great. :)

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          garyrh1 6 years ago

          Great lens. Cloning definitely intrigues me.

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          WickedlyWired 7 years ago

          Wow. Great lens.

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          admiralglass lm 7 years ago

          Interesting lens. I wish they could bring back tasmanian tiger. I think they are so beautiful.

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          Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

          I love this lens! I had to come back for another look

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          Alisha Vargas 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

          Great lens! I've been interested in cloning ever since I realized that we are losing species of animals and plants every single day and without cloning, those wonderful species would be gone forever.

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          Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

          Excellent lens! Informative and thought provoking on a sensitive topic. Five high stars of course and linked as featured lens, as well as lensrolled, to my thylacine (tasmanian-tiger)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Great lens, but no on the cloning, 5 stars

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          Margaret Schaut 9 years ago from Detroit

          I'm featuring your page on Squidoo-It-All! Great page!

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          DogWhisperWoman1 9 years ago

          5* for effort. However, cloning is only a partial copy of another's great invention. It is not impressive and only creates false hope and other serious problems. Dog Whisper Woman

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          Gatsby LM 9 years ago

          5* For your persentation, but colning is a bad idea. Dog Whisper With Rena

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          surfsusan 10 years ago

          Fine lens.

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          MrLewisSmile LM 10 years ago

          Great lens!

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          oniyagi 10 years ago

          Also brings up Clone Rights as well. I mean for cloned humans. What are your rights as a clone, pretty much a human robot. Do you have rights just because you are living and breathing or is your creator your master?

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          Goddessshira 10 years ago

          One thing many people overlook is the fact that cloning will lead to females ruling the world. And I'm okay with that. On a more serious note, cloning may be the answer to world hunger, if we can figure out how to speed up the process. -Shira

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          realslogans 10 years ago

          Very Cool.

          Thanks for all of the information. Keep us up to date.

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          junglequeen 10 years ago

          Hi Rusty - awesome lens - maybe humanity owes this much to all the species that have become extinct because of us, that we could manage to bring them back: but of course we're more likely to concentrate on the "sensational" species that probably would be hard to handle in the present day!

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          valizi 10 years ago

          I find out it really interesting

          good work