We Could Resurrect the Woolly Mammoth. Here's How.
Is there a possibility that we could actually recreate a woolly mammoth the last time woolly mammoths were around was almost thirty thousand years ago could DNA our GNA knowledge at this point recreate that woolly mammoth in modern times. It's a very real possibility. And recently, it was found that there were a muscle cells in a Willie, man. Are found in permafrost with surprising frequency sometimes pretty badly. Deteriorated sometimes in better, shape, and muscle cells. From one of these not long ago was processed for their nuclei nuclei were inserted into the old. Of of mice believe it or not and there was biological activity. Detect it down to the DNA wasn't sufficiently good to create a pliable embryo, but we're we're getting close to that. And if there were better preserved specimen, we might be able to do that. But as you know, we're cloning dogs and cats and also polo ponies interestingly with great success, and and pretty routinely these days, it's not cheap. But it's eminently doable. And the other clones seem to be completely normal normal longevity and do fine. Now one thing that we should bring up just for discussion say that you, and I have discussed in in emails is the possibility of resurrecting clones of. Humans from times past and so that in theory, we could sign viable cells from some of the founding fathers of the United States or eminent scientists or people like General, Omar, Bradley and create clones identical twins of them. So tell me this is there any I'll frame it a different way. Ordinarily, people would say we shouldn't do that. I'm going to ask you this way. Is there any good reason why we shouldn't bring back and recreate a willy mammoth? I mean, even even if it's just for science, although I have a feeling on pay per view and into large zoo. It would probably be a commercial success. I don't see any any ethical reason or safety reason whatsoever. I think it would be an interesting experiment. We learn a lot more about the ancient history of this interesting animal whose habitat used to include most of North America, but between the end of the ice age and a humans hunting the beast for for their bones and tusks became extinct. Is there any way to know when we would you expect this to be done? I in an academic setting like a university or a laboratory somewhere or do you think private industry will take it on? I would expect that it would be done in an academic setting first. And then maybe the process or the. Where some of the early clones would be licensed to a a commercial enterprise that wanted to do it. And and to to us who do you expect to object to this idea? I I'm sure there's going to be somebody these days almost every ideas objected to no matter how good it is. Well, you can always depend on Peter to to a Jack to anything that's innovative that involves animals. I don't know that bio emphasis would get involved in this bio emphasis are often a problem in advancing human experimentation. But I don't think they would be involved in animal work like this there as you say, there are always a few a few cranks a few for ethical or pseudo ethical reasons to work, but I I can't identify groups right now, see I think the PD people could be dependent on. Object to this. But I I love the idea. I mean, the idea that you could take an animal that that didn't exist after about twenty eight thousand years ago and created today. I mean, it would be a real curiosity. But I'm sure the objection of some people would be well, but then somebody would own it. Well, an awful lot of animals are owned by people right now down again, the only group to really object to that would be Peter. But can you imagine what you might learn from that animal if you could and how let me get jumped to this while we got time. How accurate would the recreation be because what they're talking about doing is taking some the cell nuclei and putting it into the egg cells of mice. So there would be some of the woolly mammoth DNA, but would you have to combine it with some other animal DNA today to recreate the animal, and would you end up with something that truly could be said to be a, you know, like an original Willie, ma'am. You wouldn't have to use DNA from another animal, the the mice sales would be nucleated. So the patina would be calling from them. But of course in reality. You wouldn't do it in my cell? If you were trying to really direct the animal, you're probably to it in elephant cells elephant Ota, and then you'd have to find a a surrogate mother that were an elephant correlative, the woolly mammoth and that with coach through its station, and and and they're the the infant so that that's the way that it would be done, and it would be in under those circumstances. I an identical clone. Boy, that's a mazing because because and can you imagine the, you know, the the kind of public interest you'd have in that. Now, let me go for just a moment to my crazy idea the one where I want to see somebody genetically engineer a let's say a giraffe that doesn't get any bigger in its body than a great, Dane. So it always stays that size or say a rhino that doesn't get any bigger than say, a Basset hound doc is that is that possible today because I have a feeling if you did that there would be it'd probably be rich people who'd be able to afford them at least initially. But you've you, and I I think of already talked about mice that glow in the dark and things like that is a possible to to to engineer those kinds of animals. Well, you can certainly get miniatures of a lot of things. They tend to be multi Janik traits though to tendon on a lot of jeans, and so that's very difficult to do. But you know, I'd seen Australian shepherd mini Mini's that are about eighteen or twenty towns. It's quite amazing. So it's doable by conventional techniques, just by selection. You select you take the smallest of the litter and mate that with a small list of another litter and you keep getting smaller and