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Don’t Call It A Comeback (Although It Would Be)

From http://flickr.com/photos/37108241@N00

Woolly Mammoth at Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC

Scientists are planning to try and clone wooly mammoths.

Because we need wooly mammoths roaming the Earth in 2011.

According to Yomiuri Shimbun, a team of researchers will be trying to recreate the mammoths, which went extinct 10,000 years ago, from tissue samples taken from a mammoth carcass from the permafrost in Siberia.  They’ll take nucleii from mammoth cells, implant them in an elephant’s egg cells (from which the elephant nucleii have been removed), stick the result in an elephant’s womb, and presto: Wooly Mammoth!  Or so they hope.

They hope to be able to examine a successful clone to try and determine why the species went extinct, so there IS a scientific reason for doing this.  But if one day your car gets crushed by a roaming mammoth and you find huge piles of mammoth poop on your lawn, don’t say you weren’t warned.

Comments

  1. Ryan says:

    TIFFANY! WIKIPEDIA ISN’T ALWAYS CORRECT!!! FIRST THE WEEKLY WORLD NEWS THING AND NOW THIS! Wow, you need some education…

  2. Mo says:

    Do we really need another animal that humans will just soon make extinct. Again? We would just put the poor mammoths in zoos to be treated poorly and have things thrown at them by stupid children.

    Let’s just put children in zoos. My expert opinion.

  3. twisterpr0n says:

    If we’re going to enter another ice age, I couldn’t think of a better hide for clothing, floors, and walls? I heard somewhere Diddy was going to do the whole outside of his house in that material.

  4. Tiffany Graham says:

    LMAO! Thanks Chester & Loaf Loaf for defending me (^_^) I guess some people just don’t get humor! The really great part about Mike’s comment is he referred to the wiki page…hahaha…and everyone knows Wikipedia info is ALWAYS correct, ALWAYS, for everything! <- FYI: that was sarcasm (~_^)

  5. Why? says:

    They can’t even make an African/Indian Elephant hybrid that stays alive.

  6. Loaf Loaf says:

    I agree with Chester…Mike looks like the idiot! I thought Tiffany’s comment was funny!
    Moving on….I don’t really see the point in doing this, do we really need woolly mammoths, the poachers will go nuts over the ivory and they’ll become extinct again!!

  7. Chris says:

    did they not learn anything from Jurassic Park?

  8. Chester says:

    @MIKE

    I guess jokes and sarcasm don’t get through to idiots like you….I believe she was poking fun at this article…hence her first sentence – “in it for the Ivory”….get a clue and stop being such a comment Nazi man!!!

  9. JD says:

    This is old news.

    Yet cool.

    Also, how about we just clone LL Cool J instead?

  10. DefconDan says:

    Somewhere poor LL Cool J is rolling in his grave from that title and… wait he’s still alive?! :)

    Don’t scientists know we already have Dyson and Hoover solutions:

    http://www.vacuummuseum.com/images/WilmaFlintstone.jpg

    No need to bring back the past!!

  11. mike says:

    you do realize that weekly world news is a FAKE NEWS ORGANIZATION, right?

    it’s a tabloid.
    i mean seriously, just look at the headlines linked on the right side of the page. if you have 1/2 of one brain you can tell those are bogus.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weekly_World_News

    dinosaurs have not been cloned.

  12. PapaFrita says:

    But how comfy would it be to ride on? Elephants are scratchy. Would this be better? This is very important.

  13. Stacy says:

    I would like to be the first to sign up for a pet Wooly :)

  14. Tiffany Graham says:

    They are just in it for the Ivory! I kid…or do I? If this actually works I think it would be at the very least a great achievement but like you said do we really need mammoths in this day and age, or is this like a gateway experiment, next it’ll be dinosaurs….oh wait they are already doing that http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/27557/scientists-clone-dinosaur/
    Did these people not see Jurassic Park (LOL)