There are many articles on this topic of 'de-extinction'...that don't once say "Besides, there is no point in discussing this because they would never be able to reproduce"far as I know clones can not reproduce.
Apparently some scientists feel its possible to clone them with the ability to reproduce as well.
I do not see the value in cloning a mammoth. I mean, why would you do it? I do see value in learning to clone human organs. If you needed a kidney or heart transplant, being able to clone your own that was a perfect match. Cloning entire humans or animals though would bring up so many ethical questions though.
b- I didn't know they couldn't reproduce.. So lets go from there.. is it the reproducing and entering them into our native environment that is "wrong" or is it creating them in the first place... what if we created them and put them only in captive environments?
ETA- maybe too late.. Meant to write.. I didn't know that clones COULD reproduce.
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I don't get it. Why wouldn't they be able to reproduce?
That's kind of beside the point for me though. Once we have one (or many) we would either have to introduce them into the wild (which seems like a bad idea since we are talking about introducing an animal to an ecosystem that has not evolved to include them) or keep them in captivity forever which IMO is mean. Why create an animal for the sole purpose of keeping them in cages?
In fairness, I admit that I'm a big old hypocrite who takes my kids to the zoo, and I can't really explain why it's worse to create an animal and put it in a zoo than it is to take an existing animal and either breed it or capture it and put it in a zoo. So there's that.
It is not rude. Nowhere ever have I heard the "sin" hypothesis discussed when tossing around theories on what causes extinction of dinosaurs or other large land animals.
B. There is no "native" environment for a wooly mammoth. Wooly Mammoths are extinct. I don't understand your question as a result of that fact.
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