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By: Marc

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:39:42 +0000

@Lance: It says 13 million base pairs is less than 1%, not exactly 1%...If your gonna question the math, make sure you read the numbers carefully..."Previously, the record for sequencing the DNA of an extinct species was only 13 million base pairs, LESS THAN 1% of the animal’s genome"

By: Sue

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:25:54 +0000

While I'd love to see a live mammoth, I'm afraid this is at least 100 years out . The unknown is interesting - what if it's extremely aggressive? Jurassic Park here we come? What did it eat? It could have had a very specific diet, like the panda. There's so many unknowns. We humans aren't even close to as smart as the one who made it.

By: Evolution

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 01:54:06 +0000

Even if they succeed in creating a mammoth embryo that can be gestated by an elephant, they will never be able to revive the species. Not enough genetic variation (in a single individual!) to re-create a feasible breeding population

By: KJ Hootern

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:39:32 +0000

And why? Anyone see Jurassic Park???

By: teacherJF

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:02:59 +0000

You know what? I say just do it. As we speak we are having Iraq II in Libya and having Chernobyl II in Japan why not have Dolly II: This time it's a Mammoth.

By: JJ

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 14:57:22 +0000

OMG... that mammoth sounds delicious. I would pay $10,000 to spear one and cook it over a fire like a caveman. Hurry up and get this going!

By: Paul Smith

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:20:04 +0000

Even if the wonderful mammoth could be restored, where would we put them? They were evolved for ice-age climates and need lots of habitat. Sadly, there is only room on earth for us, and soon we will render the environment unsupportive of ourselves as well. If interstellar travel ever becomes feasible, perhaps worlds could be cherry picked for the perfectly adapted species from earth, even if long extinct.

By: Jim

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:37:42 +0000

I wonder what it will taste like...

By: Raised Eyebrow

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 16:23:02 +0000

While I applaud this innovative and fantastical endeavor, I have one question. {{ Where will we put it? }} Let's think this through... It's natural habitat is gone. So, a zoo? A "Jurassic Park?" Where it is a spectacle? I'm sure NWF would adore that. Or PETA. *shudder* So how about we incorporate it into our modern "wild"? Well, it's no longer a native species, so we run the risk of displacing existing herds of elephants. We have enough problems saving the few elephants we DO have already. They don't make good pets. What if there are diseases it's DNA is not ready to handle... or worse, it adapts existing ones into some we aren't ready for? I truly applaud the brains and innovation it would take to pull this off. But I have serious doubts about the practicality of completing it.

By: ed-305

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:01:46 +0000

While i agree that long extinct animals should not be brought back, an animal wiped out by man is a different story. These animals are gone because of us and not evolution. It could be said that a mammoth falls into a grey area. Humans are part of the reason they are gone and in the context of life on this planet their extiction is pretty recent, but is it wise. If we can bring back something like a mammoth, what would stop us from bringing back a neanderthal that co-existed with early homo-sapiens. There should be a cap of how far back we go. maybe the industrial revolution but no farther than the proliferation of ranged weapons like the bow and arrow. this is when hunting started to become a "sport." Still it would be cool to see a real saber-tooth tiger, or the 30lb. haas eagle which died out in new zealand around 1400 a.d. (and yes, i say merry christmas so don't give me any politically correct bce/ce B.S.).