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(BBC-US)   If we can't bring a woolly mammoth back to life, why the hell are we screwing with all this DNA anyway?   (bbc.com) divider line 26
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m3h
2012-06-02 08:24:53 AM  
To piss off the fundies.
 
2012-06-02 08:27:31 AM  
Steve: Now this'll scare you. Karl you will be a little bit unnerved about this. Have you seen the film Jurassic Park?

Karl: Yep.

Steve: You know what happened there? Well according to The Sun here it says scientists are planning to clone mammoths for a theme park. Look at his face, look at that he looks like a dog caught in the headlights of a car, he's terrified.

Ricky: I love Karl.

Steve: He's sprung to attention there.

Ricky: I love Karl. I love- is that- is that the best news you could have?

Karl: Man-moths?
 
2012-06-02 08:31:09 AM  
I think it's a great idea. We know we're in an interglacial. We know it's only a matter of time before the ice sheets start their crawl.

TFA makes the point that there are other, current species that are going extinct that our only option is going to be to clone them like mammoths if we want to save them. There may be various species that our best option is to bank them, solve some of their habitat destruction problems, then clone and re-release them.

But with the mammoths, if we're learning the skills of providing adaptations, and we're also collecting old cold-adapted critters, well, in a couple thousand years we may have someplace to put them.

Learn how, write it all down, try along the way to keep enough of a line of civilization intact that the library at Alexandria doesn't get burned down again by some religious savages with pitchforks and torches.
 
2012-06-02 08:36:25 AM  
Palaeontologist Jack Horner is trying something similar by rolling back a chicken's genes into a state more like its extinct dinosaur ancestors

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/hot like the US during cretaceous
 
2012-06-02 08:56:38 AM  
Fark mammoths, let's bring back carolina parakeets

/and tasmanian tigers
//and gaint ground sloths
///and maybe steller's sea cows
////fark the dodo too though.
 
2012-06-02 08:56:58 AM  
Because Hwang Woo Suk?
 
2012-06-02 08:57:06 AM  

Shaggy_C: Palaeontologist Jack Horner is trying something similar by rolling back a chicken's genes into a state more like its extinct dinosaur ancestors

[popcultureasylum.com image 400x267]
/hot like the US during cretaceous


Why'd the tyrannosaurus cross the road?
 
2012-06-02 08:57:28 AM  
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2012-06-02 08:59:17 AM  
So far all attempts at crossing a Woolly Persian with a modern elephant have proven unsuccessful, thus the reason for the DNA route.

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2012-06-02 09:08:38 AM  

Shaggy_C: Palaeontologist Jack Horner is trying something similar by rolling back a chicken's genes into a state more like its extinct dinosaur ancestors

[popcultureasylum.com image 400x267]
/hot like the US during cretaceous


www.demotivationalposters.org
 
2012-06-02 09:21:39 AM  
I want a pygmy mammoth, you know,for my grandaughter.
 
2012-06-02 09:40:27 AM  
Bringing the prehistoric animal back to life will require dexterity with DNA, a slice of luck and an intimate knowledge of an elephant's reproductive system.

"Yes, but they do have one redeeming quality: Their wallets. More capacious than an elephant's scrotum and just as hard to get your hands on."
 
2012-06-02 10:16:49 AM  
Bringing the prehistoric animal back to life will require dexterity with DNA, a slice of luck and an intimate knowledge of an elephant's reproductive system.

kinky
 
2012-06-02 10:21:15 AM  
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The fark?
 
2012-06-02 10:46:07 AM  
The more genomes sequenced, the more we learn about how evolution happened, so even if we never get a mammoth, we still learn something of value.

/pissing off fundies is bonus
 
2012-06-02 10:59:00 AM  

Bongo Blue: I want a pygmy mammoth, you know,for my grandaughter.


Haven't you ever heard that song by Loverboy?
 
2012-06-02 11:03:15 AM  
Every mammal has organisms that live in its digestive tracks that help digest food, many of which are species specific. I hope the zoo keepers don't mind a mammoth case of the hershey squirts.
 
2012-06-02 11:33:36 AM  

FloydA: Bongo Blue: I want a pygmy mammoth, you know,for my grandaughter.

Haven't you ever heard that song by Loverboy?


Well...no.
And I'm not to thrilled that of all the pop culture references that I could've accidently hit on, it would be on something called "loverboy."
 
2012-06-02 12:02:04 PM  

Bongo Blue: FloydA: Bongo Blue: I want a pygmy mammoth, you know,for my grandaughter.

Haven't you ever heard that song by Loverboy?

Well...no.
And I'm not to thrilled that of all the pop culture references that I could've accidently hit on, it would be on something called "loverboy."


Forget about all that genetic engineering whosifudge. If you want to combine a pig and an elephant, just get 'em to make sweet love.
 
2012-06-02 12:25:31 PM  

FloydA: Bongo Blue: FloydA: Bongo Blue: I want a pygmy mammoth, you know,for my grandaughter.

Haven't you ever heard that song by Loverboy?

Well...no.
And I'm not to thrilled that of all the pop culture references that I could've accidently hit on, it would be on something called "loverboy."

Forget about all that genetic engineering whosifudge. If you want to combine a pig and an elephant, just get 'em to make sweet love.


An elephants penis weighs 60lbs. That's why they are always standing in water.
Pigs fly.
I'm off to stand in the pool.
 
2012-06-02 01:10:26 PM  
We need the cloning technology to bring the anchovy back from extinction when Zoidberg's people arrive.

Speaking of which it just occurred to me that if Mom can take the oil gene out of a 1,000 year old tin of anchovies and put it into orphans to generate a cheap supply of robot oil, why can't they take the same gene and stick it into some small fish and generate a cheap supply of fish that taste like anchovies?

But seriously, let's not drive the small fish into extinction like we've almost done with the big fish, sea mammals, tropical coral reefs, etc. It's a lot cheaper to preserve and conserve than it is to bring anything back from the dead.

Well, there goes the Futurama timeline, I guess, unless everybody ignores my nattering as usual. My bad.

I rather liked that future. It's a bit dystopian, but no more than reality today.
 
2012-06-02 03:01:57 PM  
I hope to purchase some organic grass-fed mammoth steaks from the farmers market within the decade.
 
2012-06-02 07:13:16 PM  
Mammoth and elephant DNA just won't splice!
 
2012-06-02 09:02:57 PM  
Asian elephants are basically mammoths without the fur.

African elephants are a completely different kind of animal alltogether
 
2012-06-03 04:43:43 AM  
 
2012-06-03 01:16:44 PM  

Oldiron_79: Asian elephants are basically mammoths without the fur.

African elephants are a completely different kind of animal alltogether


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African elephants are a completely different kind of animal.
 
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