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Woolly Mammoth Resurrection, “Jurassic Park” Planned

Baby mammoth in North Russia

by National Geographic:

The team of scientists, which is not associated with the exhibit, wants to do more than just put a carcass on display. They aim to revive the Ice Age plant-eaters, 10,000 years after they went extinct.

Their plan: to retrieve sperm from a mammoth frozen in tundra, use it to impregnate an elephant, and then raise the offspring in a safari park in the Siberian wild.

“If we create a mammoth, we will know much more about these animals, their history, and why they went extinct,” said Kazufumi Goto, head scientist at the Mammoth Creation Project. The venture is privately funded and includes researchers from various institutions in Japan.

Many mammoth experts scoff at the idea, calling it scientifically impossible and even morally irresponsible. The scientists with the Mammoth Creation Project are hoping to find a mammoth that is sufficiently well preserved in the ice to enable them to extract sperm DNA from the frozen remains.

They will then inject the sperm DNA into a female elephant, the mammoth’s modern-day counterpart. By repeating the procedure with offspring, scientists say, they could produce a creature that is 88 percent mammoth within 50 years.

“DNA preserved in ancient tissues is fragmented into thousands of tiny pieces nowhere near sufficiently preserved to drive the development of a baby mammoth,” said Adrian Lister, a paleontologist at University College London in England. Furthermore, Lister added, “the natural habitat of the mammoth no longer exists. We would be creating an animal as a theme park attraction. Is this ethical?”

National Geographic

This is ethically wrong and I highly doubt the mammoth will be able to survive since their is too much oxygen in the air for the mammoth to actually ‘mature.’

And it’s just ethically wrong.