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  1. #1 Viability of Bringing Back the Wolly Mammoth... 
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    Is it ever going to be possible? A link is provided below, if you don't know what I'm referring to...


    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08325/929359-115.stm


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    Ever is a big word.

    I would be more comfortable answering the question if you put a shorter deadline on it.

    Like in 5 years, or 10 years, or 100 years.


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    Nothing is impossible.

    Marks & Sparks and C&A are negotiating to stock the first woolly mammoth coats.

    The wig industry is also interested and has registered an option for the finer hairs, said to be even better than human hair.
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    Tusks will be artificially grown in culture and ivory will be harvested for commercial use..
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    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    Ever is a big word.
    au contraire - there are loads of bigger words than "ever"
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    A cromulent observation from you as usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    Ever is a big word.

    I would be more comfortable answering the question if you put a shorter deadline on it.

    Like in 5 years, or 10 years, or 100 years.
    Let's say 20 years..
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    It's probably possible to create something that resembles something like a mammoth in 20 years.

    If the required effort and financial support is put in. Otherwise not.
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    Would one not need a Mammoth egg cell and/or uterus to produce a Mammoth with proper morphology?
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    I didn't say they were going to be able to create a mammoth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    I didn't say they were going to be able to create a mammoth.
    Right
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    something that resembles something like a mammoth
    They can create a chicken with teeth as well: resembling a 'dinosaur' as it were.

    There is a big difference between recreating mammoths and bringing them back.



    People have been reasonably succesful bringing back frozen mice. It isn't impossible to imagine they would bring back a fortunate accident: a perfectly frozen mammoth fertilized egg, accidentally found. Implant it in elephants. It might go near gestation.

    Maybe they have to pull more aces out of their sleeves. Treat the host in such a way it doesn't reject the egg. Maybe they have to work more on getting an acceptable egg.

    It's a bit difficult to predict how fast it goes, because I am under the impression that there aren't many mammoth research groups. I haven't met a single mammoth researcher in my entire life. Met plenty of other researchers in weird creatures.

    With all the people working on mice the progress on mouse molecular biotechnology isn't that fast either.

    So unless some serious effort and money is put into the mammoth recreation concept I don't see it happening at all. If effort is put into it it will happen reasonable quickly.

    As in 'science' quickly.
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    funny story, they actually have 'genetically reverse engineered" an emu to have a short tail instead of a pygostyle and claws on the hands. It's not that difficult, but a dinosaur this doesn't make. It just looks like a dinosaur.
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