Thursday, May 30, 2013

Russian Scientists Discover Ice Enclosed Mammoth

"Mammoth find: Preserved Ice Age giant found with flowing blood in Siberia"

     According to rt.com, a female wooly mammoth was found by Russian scientists. The mammoth had actual blood flowing out while being excavated. They believed that the mammoth lived anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. "The muscle tissue of the animal was also well-preserved and had a natural red color of fresh meat, added the scientist.", that's 10,000 year old refrigerated meat. 

     This finding almost instantly raises the ethics behind cloning. As an advocate of life itself, it seems natural to encourage the existence of it. This includes the mighty wooly mammoth. Jurassic Park highlights this argument, siding on the part of nature. We are only limited by our creativity and what we imagine we can accomplish. A wooly mammoth alive today would mark an incredible feat, and while the ethics are still debated it seems inevitable that one day we will try to accomplish that feat.

2 comments:

  1. While the ethics are certainly one issue in themselves (which I would love to discuss with you), there's also some major scientific issues in recreating an extinct species. Cloning live species using eggs and such that are from the same species already have an infinitesimal success rate. Imagine how difficult it would be to actually clone a mammoth when they're nearest relative has another ten thousand years of evolution to distance itself genetically. Ultimately, I think the issue itself will be mute if we can't ever have the technology to actually replicate it. But still (as a philosophy major especially) it interesting to hypothesize and theorize.

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  2. After enough time has been devoted to it, it is almost certain that they will have a successful clone. That might not be during our lifetime, so at least we can discuss the ethics!

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