Walking with dinosaurs? Archaeologist says its wrong to bring extinct animals back to life
2013 05 15
By Charlotte Meredith | Express
A world-renowned archaeologist has warned that people should be concerned about the issue of resurrecting extinct species.
TV presenter and professor Alice Roberts has argued people should "grapple with" the issue of bringing Ice Age animals back from the dead.
"We are, quite seriously, on the brink of being able to do this, so itís quite an important question for people to start grappling with," she told the Radio Times.
Japanese scientists have already extracted the bone marrow from woolly mammoth remains found in Siberia to look at the DNA with a view to resurrecting a mammoth, she said.
"It is within our grasp, which is such an extraordinary thing to think about."
The clinical anatomist and professor of public engagement in science at Birmingham University said: "Itís basically using the same technology as has already been used for cloning.
"Thereís something really questionable about bringing back a single mammoth.
"Mammoths are herd animals and their environment no longer exists, so what are you bringing that animal back for? Youíre bringing it back to live in a zoo? I think the ethics are very questionable.
"People have spoken about repopulating Siberia with mammoths in the sense that, like elephants, they are a keystone species that are really important to creating and maintaining a particular type of environment through the way they dig up the ground, and fertilise the land with their dung.
"Personally, I would prefer the emphasis to be on saving existing animals under threat of extinction rather than trying to resurrect their long-extinct cousins."
Scientists gathered to discuss the revival of creatures that havenít roamed the earth for thousands of years in March this year.
In scenes similar to Jurassic Park, scientists have learnt how to isolate DNA and proteins from fossils and preserved remains.
Hendrik Poinar, a molecular evolutionary geneticist and biological anthropologist at the Ancient DNA Centre at McMaster University in Ontario, is part of a team attempting to clone a wooly mammoth and generate a living specimen.
His team are experimenting with well-preserved samples of mammoth carcasses that had been entombed in permafrost, preserving the DNA.
However, Roberts emphasised: "Itís really important that scientists donít shut themselves away in their labs to work on these things - there are big ethical issues involved and itís a conversation everyone should be having."
Read the full article at: express.co.uk
Synthetic Biologist: Cloned Children, ĎHandpicked Genesí Right Around the Corner
Scientists in Kashmir clone rare Himalayan goat famed for cashmere wool
"Cleansing" Earth with giant cloned trees
Boy discovers rare, nearly intact woolly mammoth
Mammoth hunt: Perfectly preserved Siberian mammoth fossils spread cloning rumor
Russian scientists to attempt clone of woolly mammoth
Beauteous beasts: should we draw the line at genetically modified pets?
UK Public OK with creating babies from 3 people to avoid genetic diseases
Dinosí DNA Demise: Genetic Material Has a 521-Year Half-Life
Chickenosaurus: Turning Birds Back Into Dinosaurs
De-Extinction: Who wants to live alongside sabre-toothed tigers?
Frog That Gives Birth Through Mouth to be Brought Back From Extinction
De-Extinction: Environmentalist Claims Recreating Extinct Species Is Possible
Ice Age Art: British Museum Exhibition (Video)
Latest News from our Front Page
Recent Israeli Synagogue Attack, a Possible False Flag?
2014 11 21
Dear Friends - I woke up yesterday morning to see a newspaper lying on the kitchen table with the front page proclaiming that five people were slain in an Israeli synagogue after a so-called "Palestinian attack." Some members of the media said that four people were killed, others said five, so it seems like that there was some confusion (or ...
The Michael Brown Shooting, Race Baiting for Political Power and Militarization of the Police
2014 11 21
From Youtube: The evidence clearly shows that Officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown, so why is this case being hyped by the mainstream media and the leftist political establishment?
Detekt: A New Malware Detection Tool That Can Expose Illegitimate State Surveillance
2014 11 21
Recent years have seen a boom in the adoption of surveillance technology by governments around the world, including spyware that provides its purchasers the unchecked ability to target remote Internet usersí computers, to read their personal emails, listen in on private audio calls, record keystrokes and passwords, and remotely activate their computerís camera or microphone. EFF, together with Amnesty International, ...
New UK spy chief says tech giants aid terrorism, privacy not Ďabsolute rightí
2014 11 21
Robert Hannigan, the new head of GCHQ
The new head of Britainís GCHQ, the UK equivalent of the NSA in the U.S., said he believes privacy is not an absolute right and that tech giants must open themselves up to intelligence agencies.
ďGCHQ is happy to be part of a mature debate on privacy in the digital age,Ē Hannigan said. ďBut privacy ...
LOL: Atheist Feminist Pornographer Used as Moral Authority in T-shirt Row
2014 11 21
Dr. Matt Taylor was thrust into the headlines this last week, largely for his lead role in successfully landing a spacecraft on a comet 300 million miles from earth that travels at a speed of 85,000 mph. In short, Taylor and his colleagues pulled off one of the most amazing achievements in contemporary science and space exploration, and in a ...
|More News Ľ |