Scientists Reconstruct Most of Woolly Mammoth Genome...Project Represents a First for an Extinct Species

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    Nov 19, 2008 10:56 PM GMT
    An international team of scientists has reconstructed more than three-quarters of the genome of the woolly mammoth using DNA extracted from balls of hair, the first time this has been accomplished for an extinct species.

    Woolly mammoths running around??? .... icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 19, 2008 11:13 PM GMT
    If dinosaurs and humans could co-exist in Republican-land, then I see no reason why mammoths could not, also. After all, the entire world is no more than 5000 years old, according to the Republicans.
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    Nov 19, 2008 11:49 PM GMT
    Yes I just heard about this
    Very intriguing
    One of the Scientists who helped sequence the DNA
    said that while it's unlikely that we're going to bve seeing Mammoths running around the tundra anytime soon He said that he's been proven wrong about things like that before

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    Nov 24, 2008 2:58 AM GMT
    Hrm. Exactly like Jurassic Park eh? LOL

    And yeah, the idea's been around for a long time. I think they target mostly recently extinct creatures, including Dodo's and Moas. I think it's a great idea, as it will give us a chance to preserve DNA of critically endangered species for the possibility of revival and reintroduction.

    Worst case scenario of course, but still better than having them disappear forever. I wouldn't mind Mammoths and Mastodons actually. Just don't revive things like the Diatryma LOL. Those are nasty. icon_razz.gif A lot of the cold weather mammals are pretty well preserved in terms of fossils I think, so DNA can readily be extracted. The Woolly Rhinoceros also I think. Recently extinct animals too, like the previously mentioned Dodo and Moa. One animal I'd dearly like to see back roaming in the African grasslands for example is the Quagga. And I think they still have hides of Quaggas around.