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Wednesday, December 7, 2011


The Japanese and the Russians are at it again -- yapping about how they may clone a wooly mammoth in as little as five years.

This is not my first rampage about the stupidity  of perpetuating pseudo-pachyderms: my mammoth musings are miniscule given other, more elephantine problems we all face.

But seriously?

Pyrenian Ibex
Scientists already cloned the extinct Pyrenean Ibex, but the poor creature lived only minutes after it was born because of apparent defects. Bear in mind, however, the Ibex did not have mammoth proportions. One of the issues faced by the researchers is just what sort of animal would carry the clones -- even today's elephant might not be up to the tusk, er, task.

Bottom line they would end up with a hybrid at best.

Given the potential danger (runaway mammoth on I95!) and the expense, why bother?

Amen, and pass the mustard.


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