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Date: 11/30/08 09:03 AM

69 Responses to Cloning A Wooly Mammoth – Are We That Close?

  1. Profile photo of Tdogg111
    Tdogg111 Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 4:33 am
    Link: Cloning A Wooly Mammoth - Are We That Close? - Scientists are on the verge of being able to clone extinct mammoths. I want one!
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    paddyboom Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:21 am
    Cue ethical debate and poor puns. Tusk tusk.
  3. Profile photo of Sajo
    Sajo Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:26 am
    AHAHAHAHAHA
    "...as little as 10 million."

    Oh yes, because that`s just chump change right?

    But... this is drating awesome anyway.

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    Bear8197 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:27 am
    i do not feel like reading that much at 9 in the morning
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    LadyMorgue Female 30-39
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:32 am
    Screw a life size Wooly Mammoth, I want a pocket sized elephant as a pet.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:34 am
    If you could revive a species that went extinct a month ago, would that be alright? How many years does a creature have to be extinct before it becomes wrong to revive the species?

    Now, Neanderthals on the other hand...

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    butt_pirate Female 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:37 am
    would the animal still be fertile and could we bread it with an elephant
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    Bekll Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:37 am
    "“The big issue would be whether enough people felt that a chimp-Neanderthal hybrid would be acceptable"

    Hm... chimp-Neanderthals hybrids... interesting.

    Have these scientists been watching too many Neanderthal commercials and want them to live among us? O_o

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    Giligadi Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:40 am
    Yay. Clone a wooly mammoth just in time for climate change. What a great idea, because there certainly aren`t other scientific and/or social issues that we could better spend our money on.
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    videogamer Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:49 am
    "AHAHAHAHAHA
    "...as little as 10 million."
    Oh yes, because that`s just chump change right?"

    It is chump change. One would expect something this groundbreaking to cost at least $500 million.

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    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:59 am
    But wait- my Young Earth Creationist friends will say that the mammoths are extinct because they didn`t make it to Noah`s big wooden boat in time. Thus it`s God`s will that they went extinct. Surely we can`t go against God`s will by bringing them back?

    *headthef*ckingdesk*

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    Blacksun1212 Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 10:03 am
    Why is the first thing that came into my head Jurassic Park?
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    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 10:14 am
    I can`t wait to eat one.

    I`m not kidding. I`m just holding out for someone to kill it and put it in a hamburger.

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    OMGPWNT Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 10:15 am
    "Yay. Clone a wooly mammoth just in time for climate change. What a great idea, because there certainly aren`t other scientific and/or social issues that we could better spend our money on. "
    You obviously didn`t read the entire thing...
    "Asked if the mammoth project might indeed happen, Dr. Church said that “there is some enthusiasm for it,” although making zoos better did not outrank fixing the energy crisis on his priority list."
    Of course fixing other more pressing matters are higher on scientists minds, yet progress is progress, this moving forward in the area of reconstructing genomes of extinct species...vital information for when the aliens invade. But really this is epic.
  15. Profile photo of WhenIsLunch
    WhenIsLunch Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 10:21 am
    you know i can think of so many better things to spend 10 million dollars on, although this is pretty cool too but not very usefull. unless they ressurect neandrathals and wolly mammoths then we can watch the fun begin!
  16. Profile photo of videogamer
    videogamer Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 10:29 am
    @LoofahBoy: Have you tried an elephant burger yet?
  17. Profile photo of Haruhi
    Haruhi Female 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 10:30 am
    Soon, we will have baby mammoths to purchase at the pet store :)
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    iluvfood Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 10:41 am
    i wonder what would happen if i put the cryogenically frozen brain of hitler into a velociraptor
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2008 at 10:50 am
    Ironic that the doctor advocating Cloning Neanderthals is named "Church", and I say Hell No. It`s a Bad Goddamn Idea, for the same reason it was a Bad Idea for Albert Einstein to Teach the rest of us Simple minded Apes how Nuclear Fission could be used. We as a race are just too ignorant to use this knowledge safely and judiciously. Hell I doubt the majority of us could even guess what "Safe and Judicious" Use of cloning technology might resemble.
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    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 10:58 am
    This is why I fear death. I want to still be here to see all the amazing things that science is gonna do.
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    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 11:00 am
    @SilverThread

    It`s not a bad idea, it`s the only idea we should really care about. All of this poo is what will eventually lead us to immortality.

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    Steyene Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 11:45 am
    @SilverThread, I fully agree although its price will at least stop any abuse. But after it becomes cheap any country with enough money can get a custom army.
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    tie_died Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 11:53 am
    its seems rather inhumane to clone an animal from a completely different climate with physiology that we know nothing about. granted, it would be a pretty cool scientific accomplishment
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    peloos12 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 12:02 pm
    This is amazing.

    Just don`t do dinosaurs...

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    Jasonbobdude Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 12:18 pm
    This is gonna be just like Jurassic Park! Except mammoths aren`t as cool as dinosaurs.
  26. Profile photo of DHise
    DHise Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 12:18 pm
    I see no problems with this, bring on the Mammoths!
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    TheSharpest Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 12:20 pm
    Oooh, this is gonna end badly. Still, do it.
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    sixclaws13 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 12:54 pm
    Can I place a pre-order on one?
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    pantelisk Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 12:57 pm
    No Mammoths Kick Dinosaur Ass,
    But Really I Will Not Be Satisfied Until I See Giant Moths And Pray Mantises, Like Mothra Or Something.
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    Trumple07 Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 1:03 pm
    hmm...surley this is like messing with a time machine.....in a way....or maybe im just being stupid...again...but surley the mammoths will eat some kind of animal, usally eaten by another animal, which will have a knock on effect, lowering/increacing the numbers of some other animal.
  31. Profile photo of Gerbear
    Gerbear Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 1:11 pm
    Um, have we learned nothing from Jurassic Park?
  32. Profile photo of Harijuku
    Harijuku Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 1:20 pm
    Mammoths are clearly vegetarians ¬_¬ do you know nothing?
  33. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 1:25 pm
    Oh god, Jurassic park!

    So if giraffes ever go extinct, I won`t have to off myself. Cool!

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    Shanir Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm
    Sunday, November 30, 2008 1:03:49 PM
    hmm...surley this is like messing with a time machine.....in a way....or maybe im just being stupid...again...but surley the mammoths will eat some kind of animal, usally eaten by another animal, which will have a knock on effect, lowering/increacing the numbers of some other animal.

    I doubt one would make any difference

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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm
    Awesome. I can`t wait for the first annual mammoth hunt since the end of the last ice age. It should be a holiday.
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    skipidydooda Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm
    no lie, the main thing i would want from this is a mammoth burger, it would be just like OLD times
  37. Profile photo of Norris
    Norris Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm
    Why bring back an extinct species? I have no moral objections to it, its just that, well, they went extinct, they deserve to stay dead. Survival of the fittest!

  38. Profile photo of Asspenny
    Asspenny Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm
    yeah but bringing em back doesn`t negate survival of teh fittest, was meant to happen if it happens, no?
  39. Profile photo of Jezuzfreak40
    Jezuzfreak40 Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm
    why would u even want that?

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    Exquisitte Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 3:18 pm
    Tooo much to read. But I don`t really like the idea. But aside from that, ya I think it would be cool until they started to kill us.
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    Tikitac Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 3:27 pm
    I think bringing them back would be cool if they were kept in zoos. I am against wild mammoths. They had there chance and the failed. If they were kept in zoos and studied for science and what ever sure they can be created. The only thing I am worried about would be neanderthals. They might be just a level below our intelligence so if the neanderthal proved that it could work in our society I would let it have human rights and be independent not treat it like another animal.
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    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 4:04 pm
    Neanderthals? so if the whole evolution theory is true, that would mean we would have an older generation of us... kind of like going back in time and taking someone with us... i smell a rip reality...
  43. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm
    This is so stoopid on so many levels, we have almost wiped out 90% of the species on earth, and elephants are in no immediate danger, so why not bring back a Tasmanian Tiger or dodo or something? And picture this, an angry charging elephant is one of the scariest things on the planet... now turn that mental picture into a charging long-tusked mammoth that makes the elephant look like a baby... then add a 10,000-year ice-cream headache because the DNA comes from a glacier... not a happy camper.
  44. Profile photo of Mjustin
    Mjustin Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 4:21 pm
    @ Mantistador - Neanderthals aren`t actually our ancestors; they were a separate branch from the species Homo Erectus. We share a common ancestor with them just as we share a common ancestor (albeit further back) with Chimpanzees.
  45. Profile photo of Tdogg111
    Tdogg111 Male 13-17
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    November 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm
    hey i added that one!
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    fillemorte Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm
    I would only want one to lay on. Like my own little pet mammoth.

    soo warm

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    shakethebox Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 6:52 pm
    wow
    craziness
  48. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2008 at 7:08 pm
    > Mjustin
    > We share a common ancestor... with Chimpanzees

    Speak for yourself, Monkey Boy... Adam was my great-grandpappy.

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    sixclaws13 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 7:47 pm
    Ha ha ha, good call there Lion.
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    Eichenkatze Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 7:56 pm
    Lionheart: "...we have almost wiped out 90% of the species on earth..."

    what? No we haven`t check your facts. What you`re thinking of is that "90% if the creatures that have existed on Earth are now extinct." we aren`t even to blame for 1% of those extinctions.

    Which i think is funny you bring that fact up- As if you dont believe in evolution and that as religion says the world is only a few thousand years old... how`d all those species get into the ground :P


    But interesting article never the less, I`d heard about this a while back when the Siberian mammoth was found with a bunch of skin and hair on it and a Japanese genetics corp bought it and planned to clone it.

    Also , how come most religious folk dont get upset over animal cloning yet get so angry over a human being cloned? God created animals too according to you, and if playing god is illegal how is it a higher crime to clone huamans as opposed to animals? Ah well- just a random thought.

  51. Profile photo of Crucible
    Crucible Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 7:56 pm
    Bring back the Tazmanian Tiger!!
  52. Profile photo of sixclaws13
    sixclaws13 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 8:02 pm
    "Also , how come most religious folk dont get upset over animal cloning yet get so angry over a human being cloned? God created animals too according to you, and if playing god is illegal how is it a higher crime to clone huamans as opposed to animals?"

    For the record, I think cloning, stem cell research and any other medical sciences that could potentially save or improve lives should be followed to their fullest. Cloning a human just to say you did it seems kind of pointless, but I still don`t think it is against my faith.

  53. Profile photo of nodar
    nodar Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 8:25 pm
    wait so elephants lay eggs?


    (yes that was a joke)

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    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 8:25 pm
    Ah, yes, 10 million to basically bring Mamooths back.

    I bet they can`t bring back Pauly Shores career

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    Ani187 Female 30-39
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm
    I was discussing this with my husband and our friends over dinner and we came to the conclusion that even if they did manage to successfully clone a woolly mammoth, it wouldn`t survive. The climate required for such an animal to survive hardly exists anymore. Not to mention life on this planet was drastically different back then. Other animals have had time to adapt to the changes.
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    frenchroast Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2008 at 9:51 pm
    Cuz... He`s part ELEPHANT, part KANGAREE... oh whoops!... ROO! I for one welcome the Wuzzles into the animal kingdom.
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    11Volcom11 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2008 at 11:29 pm
    i really think its pointless to continue with this project. the technology is their, and we know we can do it now. why clone it? you gonna sell it to a zoo? we cant just let these wooly mammoth`s roam around. im sure it could survive o earth as it is now, even tho it was designed for harsh cold. but it could destroy eco systems, and this thing could even have some imborn disease that could spread to humans, we dont know. there really is no pro to cloning a mammoth aside from being able to say that you did..

    and on cloning neanderthals(cant remember spelling) NO! not becuase im religouse or anything rediculous like that. but the same points as the wooly mammoth come up, why? diseases we may not be able to fight or control, possible planet of the apes scenario...

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    LaciAnn Female 18-29
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    December 1, 2008 at 1:29 am
    and on cloning neanderthals(cant remember spelling) NO! not becuase im religouse or anything rediculous like that. but the same points as the wooly mammoth come up, why? diseases we may not be able to fight or control, possible planet of the apes scenario...


    I see some kind of zombie... thing happening. DONT DO IT!!!!! Oh dear god, dont do it.:-/

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    saisay Male 30-39
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    December 1, 2008 at 7:48 am
    Man, I can`t believe how everyone is going on about how it wont survive and whatever. People, these are some of the worlds greatest minds at work here, don`t you think they would have taken precautions, made plans, do you honestly just think they said "Oh, lets clone a woolly mammoth and see how it survives in these conditions!"?
    No... They will make environments with the right conditions, they will isolate it and make sure it is safe to be near...
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    WhatTheF Male 13-17
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    December 1, 2008 at 9:36 am
    I personally think this is going to be awesome. Can clones make babies? Or are they sterile?
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    BoomBox Male 13-17
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    December 1, 2008 at 9:47 am
    Can`t wait.
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    green_btrfly Female 18-29
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    December 1, 2008 at 11:29 am
    wow...just wow
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    Ohnjaynb Male 18-29
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    December 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm
    Cloning a Wooly Mammoth? Easy, just get your mom to screw herself.
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    Max_Normal Male 30-39
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    December 1, 2008 at 4:51 pm
    Whats the chances of the mammoth having the same epigenetics as a modern elephant? Moreover, DNA binding proteins, DNA methylation, miRNA siRNA will all have degraded shortly after death. Just one essential house-keeping gene being broken or degraded will render the project a fatal failure, just one mutated tumour supressor may yield uncontrolled cancer, ionisation by millenia of cosmic rays, free radicals and background radiation will have mutated sequences to pieces, have the genes got telomeres? Will the calf be born middle aged and die like Dolly did due to old damaged DNA and short telomeres? All these things have to be overcome, and we don`t have the answers yet. Don`t give me that "Greatest minds" rubbish, these people are after funding to overcome these problems pure and simple, and if they ever do it, it wont be in your lifetime. Believe if you feel you need to.

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    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    December 1, 2008 at 5:51 pm
    Why? Can we eat them?
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    Vagrant86 Male 18-29
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    December 3, 2008 at 8:44 am
    out of a hairball.. lmao
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    arniegrape Female 18-29
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    December 3, 2008 at 3:22 pm
    what a complete waste of ten million dollars.
    even if it does work...havent these nerds seen jurassic park?
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    slipkfighter Male 13-17
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    December 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm
    i would definetly hunt one and kill it with a blade of grass
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    Cheae Female 18-29
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    December 26, 2008 at 10:08 am
    Honestly, I see no reason to actually go through with it. Keep it as a reminder of the past, but leave it as just that, only a reminder.
    I don`t believe it would do anyone any good to start cloning a species that died out so long ago. Only give a few people their 15 minutes of fame.

    Save the species we have now, don`t waste time cloning ones that are already gone.

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