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Frozen Woolly's
Hair from frozen carcasses used to reconstruct woolly mammoth's genome
rj87uk




msg:3791280
 11:49 am on Nov 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

[guardian.co.uk...]

Scientists have decoded the genome of the woolly mammoth by analysing hairs plucked from carcasses recovered from the Siberian permafrost. The feat was hailed as a milestone in genetic science yesterday and is the first time an extinct animal has had its genome sequenced.

Thoughts? New woolly hats anyone?

 

tonynoriega




msg:3791691
 11:13 pm on Nov 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

one word: cloning

if they could clone one of these things it would be the biggest event in zoology or palentology ever.

im all for cloning extinct animals.

im however against cloning humans... but only dumb humans.

clone animals, extinct animals, endangered species.

cornwall




msg:3791977
 9:20 am on Nov 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Theoretically, it would be possible to recreate a mammoth by genetically modifying an elephant embryo to carry all of the 400,000 important genetic differences that exist between the species. With today's technology, however, scientists can only make one genetic change at a time.

Next year, scientists are expected to reveal the full genetic code of our own most recent ancestor, the Neanderthal. Genetic differences between Neanderthals and modern humans could reveal why humans came to be the dominant species on Earth.

It poses an interesting moral question. If one could recreate a mammoth, one could therefore recreate a Neanderthal.

1. Presumably you put the new mammoth in a zoo
2. Presumably you put the new Neanderthal........

wyweb




msg:3791984
 9:34 am on Nov 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

Presumably you put the new Neanderthal...

On city council here where I live. He'd fit right in.

vincevincevince




msg:3791985
 9:39 am on Nov 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

one could therefore recreate a Neanderthal.

More worryingly, one could apply the differences between Neanderthals and modern Humans to another ape and create an intelligent slave species; not human enough to have rights but human enough to provide useful work.

im however against cloning humans... but only dumb humans.

Being dumb is not always a genetic condition; it is often the result of psychological trauma or neural damage later in life. I don't think that in itself the disability should make someone unsuitable for cloning.

tonynoriega




msg:3792328
 4:49 am on Nov 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

i disagree that being dumb is "taught" or some form of trauma.

again, my opinion only, i think that all thinks are pre-programmed from birth.

you have a set genetic code from birth.

there are some people or animals for that matter that are just not fit for survival.

if you were to clone a Mammoth it would survive, if you were to clone a dumb person, they would be just as dumb.

henry0




msg:3792429
 1:02 pm on Nov 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

one could therefore recreate a Neanderthal.

Male or Female?

MatthewHSE




msg:3793507
 2:56 am on Nov 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

Presumably you put the new Neanderthal........

Wherever he wants to go, the same as any other human. [answersingenesis.org]

[edited by: MatthewHSE at 2:57 am (utc) on Nov. 25, 2008]

tonynoriega




msg:3793888
 3:02 pm on Nov 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

your put him in a Geico commercial and see a "real" reaction to their catch phrase...

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