Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Don’t do it!

Don’t do it! That’s my reaction when I read that a group of South Korean and Russian scientists are planning to bring the woolly mammoth back to life via cloning.

10,000 years after the species went extinct, there now seem to be a race to see who can bring back the mammoth first. Outside this group of scientists, a researcher from Kyoto University, Japan, also has a plan to resurrect the species.

Now I’m not sure if they can actually do it; my question is why would they want to? The mammoth has been extinct for over 10,000 years, is there any environmental or even scientific reason why they want to do this?

Outside the need to play god, to see if they can do this, there’s no valid reason to bring back the mammoth. The woolly mammoths may have once roamed the Earth but they are now part of history. Leave them there!

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