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Thread: Should We Resurrect the Neanderthals Through Fossil DNA?

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    Definitely not!

    I see no point at all in resurrecting Neanderthals, just a lot of dilemmas.

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    Well, one side of me, the maniacal, Dr. Frankenstein side, thinks it would be pretty cool to see a living, breathing, walking, talking (relative term) Neanderthal.

    But yes, there are lots of ethical issues that would accompany this matter and frankly, I don't see it happening.

    A mammoth might be a different story though.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allenson View Post
    A mammoth might be a different story though.......
    I can see a Mammoth reserection happening alright. There are problems with DNA preservation sure; but in layman's language all they really need to do to recreate the mammoth is identify the genes in the mammoth dna responsible for creating shaggy red hair and long tusks, then put those genes into a modern elephant embryo and you've pretty well got a mammoth;

    Dr Stephan Schuster, leader of the project at Penn State University, notes that the mammoth’s genes differ at only some 400,000 sites from the genome of the African elephant and it would be possible to modify an elephant cell at these sites to make it resemble one bearing a mammoth's genome, and implant it into a surrogate elephant mother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Horned God View Post
    identify the genes in the mammoth dna responsible for creating shaggy red hair and long tusks, then put those genes into a modern elephant embryo and you've pretty well got a mammoth;
    Well, a hairy long tusked GM elephant. But they're quite differently structured, really. Longer forelegs, smaller heads, different spines. There must have been a hell of a lot of internal physiological adaptation to the climate and diet of the far north too.
    I am no biologist, but doesn't gestation have a great deal to do with how a child turns out? Would the mammoth end up 'wrong' somehow, even if the genetics were as near to perfect as possible?

    That Schuster seems a bit of a careerist, anxious to get his name out there, making ersatz-Mamonten...

    Damn, look who's won the Mamoth-Race, though;
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oswiu View Post
    Well, a hairy long tusked GM elephant. But they're quite differently structured, really. Longer forelegs, smaller heads, different spines. There must have been a hell of a lot of internal physiological adaptation to the climate and diet of the far north too.
    It'd be enough to satisfy the kiddies they were looking at a Mammoth but probably not a paleontologist, I grant you.



    I am no biologist, but doesn't gestation have a great deal to do with how a child turns out? Would the mammoth end up 'wrong' somehow, even if the genetics were as near to perfect as possible?
    Well it would have mostly elephant DNA, so yes there could be differences and yes gestation and the size of the mother would in part determine the size of the offspring. I'm not a biologist either but I know form my leaving cert (highschool) agricultural science that a large bull such as a Charlie will tend to give rise to large calf which a small cow like a Jersey would struggle with at calving time, if she managed it at all.

    It might take a couple generations before the GM mammoths were up to full size.
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    Maybe we don't need to resurrect him?

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    The Mad Scientist Hat is ON!

    Heck yes! Clone everything we can. Why? Because we can.

    Yah, that's my answer to just about all 'ethical' questions in science. Should we clone mammoths? Sure! OK, should we build A-life specimens? Heck yeah! The more the merrier. Build a potential black-hole machine in the Alps? Well, maybe on the Moon, but yeah, sure.

    Heinlein once said the only rational response to the question "why?" was "why not?", and that there was no rational response to "why not?". Besides, it's been boring since Doc Frankenstein built that monster of his.
    It Ain't Rocket Surgery!

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