What do woolly mammoths, pandas, and John Lennon have in common?
Someone out there wants them cloned. And depending on how quickly science and biotechnology develops, that might come about sooner rather than later.
Cloning is the process of creating an exact genetic replica of an organism. We have cloned animals in the past, but recent discoveries of woolly mammoth mummies have highlighted just how close we are to resurrecting the extinct and the deceased.
Mammoths are notoriously big, and they’re big news in paleontology and archaeology, as better and more complete specimens of these ancient animals are discovered around the planet. Mammoths are even bigger news in the cloning world. As samples of blood and hair are found, and DNA is recovered, the idea of cloning the ancient mammoths becomes a reality – it’s not a question of if, but when. Experts propose genetic experiments to restore many extinct or threatened species like passenger pigeons, the thylacine, pandas, and potentially even dinosaurs. Will we even clone humans one day?