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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?
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........
one could therefore recreate a Neanderthal.
im however against cloning humans... but only dumb humans.
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.