News We bringing Mammoth's back, YEAH!

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    A major step forward in bringing back the woolly mammoth has been taken by scientists at Harvard University who have inserted DNA from the extinct mammal into the genetic code of an elephant.

    Geneticists have studied DNA from mammoths which were preserved in Arctic permafrost looking for genes which separated them from elephants, such as hairiness and ear size.

    They then replicated the genes and spliced them into the genetic code of an elephant where they functioned normally.

    It is the first time that mammoth genes have been alive for more than 3,300 years - although so far it has only been done in the lab.

    George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard University, used a new technique which allows scientists to make precision edits to DNA, replacing sections of elephant DNA with the mammoth genes.

    "We prioritised genes associated with cold resistance including hairiness, ear size, subcutaneous fat and, especially," Prof Church told The Sunday Times.

    "We now have functioning elephant cells with mammoth DNA in them. We have not published it in a scientific journal because there is more work to do, but we plan to do so."

    Mammoths are closely related to Asian elephants but died out in the last Ice Age. The last of the species survived on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean until about 3,300 years ago.

    It was these caracasses which provided the DNA used by the scientist at Harvard.

    There are at least three separate teams trying to reconstruct the whole mammoth genome and bring back the creature.

    In her new book, How To Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro of the University of California, an expert on ancient DNA, said: "If we really want to bring mammoths back to life, then we're in luck, as far as DNA preservation goes.

    “Some mammoths lived in places where their bones and carcasses were buried in permafrost, like being stuck in a freezer for 30,000-plus years.

    "It's in pretty shoddy condition, so hard to piece together, but if we sort through these tiny pieces, finding where they fit along the elephant genome, then we can slowly build a lot of the mammoth genome."

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    However some scientists believe that bringing back the mammoth would be unethical.

    Professor Alex Greenwood, an expert on ancient DNA, said: "We face the potential extinction of African and Asian elephants. Why bring back another elephantid from extinction when we cannot even keep the ones that are not extinct around?

    "What is the message? We can be as irresponsible with the environment as we want. Then we'll just clone things back?

    "Money would be better spent focusing on conserving what we do have than spending it on an animal that has been extinct for thousands of years."

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  2. And resurrecting a long-extinct animal is of utmost importance because...?

    If you're gonna spend gobs of money on genetic engineering/modification, at least do it on something like figuring out how to cure diseases/illnesses/old age/etc. or how to augment the positive genes that we already have (i.e. the ones largely responsible for intelligence, athletic ability, artistic ability, etc.)
     
  3. This is some weird ass stuff. We should be focusing more on the present and future in my opinion. It's interesting to see that they are able to clone, even extinct animals....but that worrys me for some reason.
     
  4. I'll admit that it is pretty cool but there is a reason it died out in the first place.
     
  5. oh fuck yea we Jurassic Park now! ya'll homos can bitch about this dope shit if you want, but you know you'd visit the theme park once they get T-Rex and shit ready to roll
     
  6. It's cool that they can do this. But I understand those who want us to focus on curing diseases and such.

    Could we get the Tasmanian Wolf back instead?
     
  7. yeah, seems like a waste of time and resources. Then again, scientists do this all the time. We invent things like seedless watermelon, cloning, etc., yet we can't cure cancer and preserve certain life on the planet today. Why the hell bring back a species that died out? So, if the species couldn't survive, for whatever reason, we just say "well, fuck it, let's bring them back any way." As all of our other endangered species just die.

    We mess with mother nature too much. And, if you believe in Evolution, it's survival of the fittest. Thus, who gives a shit about bringing a mammoth back???
     
  8. I understand the concern over waste of resources, but maybe doing stuff like this will make us understand more about messing around with genes. People have a tendency to forget that most scientific breakthroughs of great value were backed by freak discoveries from other less important matters.

    Or I'm just making excuses because I really want to see a live dinossaur on a zoo
     
  9. inb4 they're locked up in zoos and live miserably.

    Bring back Jesus and/or Hitler instead.