October 1, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

de-extinct mammoth

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Cloning of animals is becoming a big, global business. It turns out that this reproductive cloning of animals goes well beyond making duplicates of pets for sentimental customers at $100,000 a copy. Cloning of livestock by agribusinesses is becoming fairly common. Some are also trying to de-extinct woolly mammoths by cloning too, something that I oppose (see top 5 reasons why it might be a really bad idea) even though admittedly it sounds pretty cool. More broadly, factory-scale production of copied animals is an expanding business. …Read More

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De-extinction is big right now and some of the extinct target creatures are big too like the woolly mammoth. “Let’s bring back these extinct creatures”, say proponents. Wouldn’t it be cool? I have to admit seeing a woolly mammoth, mastodon, or saber tooth tiger would be cool, but such efforts would not be without consequences and most of them would be profoundly negative. Cloning mammoths, for example, would be a selfish act of hubris by humans. Still a team has been working to make …Read More