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“Buttercup,” the mammoth in question, was found in Siberia last year, impeccably preserved in snow and ice. Excavators extracted vials of liquid blood from the carcass and now researchers at the South Korean biotech company SOOAM are testing it for a complete set of DNA. If a complete set can’t be found, scientists could map specific mammoth traits—like their tusks and hair—onto an existing elephant genome.
Cloning an ancient beast comes with some ethical baggage, though. To start, an elephant would have to act as the surrogate mother. Birthing a woolly mammoth could damage and potentially kill the elephant, and it’s likely scientists would have to sacrifice several female elephants before getting it right. And that could be all for naught, as there’s no guarantee the mammoth would even survive for very long.
originally posted by: Aleister
originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
a reply to: lostbook
Why would this be disastrous? I can't think of a single way it could be.
When the next Ice Age comes these new mammoths will be flash frozen, and you could trip over them.