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Japanese scientists have produced clones of mice that have been dead and frozen for 16 years -- a feat that could lead researchers to one day resurrect long-extinct species, such as the mammoth.
Dolly was cloned using cells from live animals. Now scientists believe they can resurrect extinct species.
Until now, scientists have only been able to produce clones using cells from live animals. This is how researchers created Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult animal.
Researchers had thought that frozen cells were unusable because ice crystals would have damaged the DNA. That belief would rule out the possibility of resurrecting extinct animals from their frozen remains.
But the latest research -- published in the journal, Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences -- shows that scientists may have overcome the obstacle.
It's all over for us. Ian Malcolm was right. First it's mice, then it's mammoths, then it's dinosaurs. Worldwide Jurassic Park.
If we're heading down that road ... wait, wait. First, should we head down that road? You get into some tricky ethical dilemnas that way apparently. At least that's what sci-fi has taught me. Me, I say go for it. I want to see an actual woolly mammoth or sabertooth tiger or (oh my oh my please) Tyrannosaurus Rex. What do you want to see, if anything?
But what about people? Do we leave that untouched? It's funny to me that the standard discussion is whether it's ethical to clone humans. What I'm wondering is if it would be ethical to clone Neanderthals or the Peking Man?
This isn't too well fleshed out and it's Election Day, so maybe it won't get a whole lot of attention, but maybe this will spur some discussion or yelling.
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