Is a real-life Jurassic Park far behind?

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    Is this a good idea?

    Researchers aim to resurrect mammoth in five years - Yahoo! News

    Thoughts?
     
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    As far as I know no Dinosaurs have ever been found intact. All we have is fossilized remains. You realize that the supposed way they cloned the Dinosaurs was by using blood from mosquitos trapped in amber and then since A0 they had no idea which dinosaur the blood was from and it was missing many important steps they just added frog DNA?

    Not likely to see any dinosaurs running around any time soon.
     
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    Could we also clone Jesus to ride on the cloned dinosaur?
     
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    I'm channeling my inner CG
    calling on my inner CeeGeee
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    There's already a thread on this, learn to use the search function.

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    I thought, in my thread, that this was wierd. And since the climate that the mammoth lived in, the food it at, etc, were long gone, it's going to be a miserable life for it.

    And seriously, What's to learn from a dead animal that's needed to know?
     
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    The real ethical question will arise for cloning Neanderthals (I believe there are some decent samples of Neanderthal DNA). The difficulties of that were covered by Isaac Asimov back in 1958 (The Ugly Little Boy), though the good doctor used time travel, not cloning to bring a Neanderthal to present times.
     
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    I think this has already been done. It's called a Tramichellius Obamarex, or something like that.
     
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    Don't think it will work. Mammoths aren't that close to Elephants. I really doubt the zygote would last a week, let alone the necessary three years.

    Since DNA is entirely contextual there is no way for this to work.
     
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    I wouldn't discount it completely.

    Those nips are a clever lot. :D
     
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    Same family. Seems about as closely related as African elephants are to Asian elephants...different genera in the same family. Perhaps you're thinking of Mastadons, which were a different family.
     
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    Clearly, biomolecules preserved in the matrix of historic and fossil eggshell represent a previously unrecognised and untapped source of DNA, the characterisation of which will assist in a range of archaeological, palaeontological, conservation and forensic applications.'
     

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