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Most species are now extinct because they didn't work well enough.
Mr Bored Chemist, gave this answer to another topic;Quote from: Bored chemist on 25/03/2007 22:13:59Most species are now extinct because they didn't work well enough.which got me thinking, i know but it's true, why don't we clone animals that are near extinction?
As for cloning animals that are near extinction – what is it you are trying to achieve by that (aside from pandering to some human sentimentality)? Are animals there merely as fodder to be put on display for humans, as if they were some ancient machine that has long past its useful life, but has been relegated to a museum so that school kids can gawk at it? Maybe there is an educational value in keeping hold of ancient species in that way – is that your objective, or is there something else you hope to achieve?
I think if we can bring animals from the edge of extinction then we should.......I think we must !
Quote from: neilep on 26/03/2007 08:25:55I think if we can bring animals from the edge of extinction then we should.......I think we must !Do you have some rationale behind this view, or is it just sentimentality?What about species that are already extinct, but that may have modern descendants that might have enough of the ancient DNA to recreate the original species (or, at least a close approximation)?What about non-animal life (e.g. plants or bacteria) - do you think the same for them, or is it only about animals you think we should think this way? If so, then why the distinction?
We clone plants all the time and call them "cuttings".
We clone plants all the time and call them "cuttings". They are quick to mature and genetically identical to the mother. But again, any disease of the adult will also show in the clone but at an earlier stage.TMM