A woolly freakin' mammoth.
Yesterday I read in the Times that some scientists believe they can reconstruct the DNA of a woolly mammoth from hair that has been preserved, and even bring one to life:
There are talks on how to modify the DNA in an elephant’s egg so that after each round of changes it would progressively resemble the DNA in a mammoth egg. The final-stage egg could then be brought to term in an elephant mother, and mammoths might once again roam the Siberian steppes.That would be a hell of a way to confuse Vladimir Putin. The article laconically added:
The same would be technically possible with Neanderthals, whose full genome is expected to be recovered shortly, but there would be several ethical issues in modifying modern human DNA to that of another human species.Yeah, you think?
I actually think that there are ethical issues involved in bringing back a species that nature had already decided to retire. Any thoughts on that?
At the same time, having a real live woolly mammoth around would be very cool, and I would like to have one, thank you very much, please.