The Discovery Of The Extinct Woolly Mammoth Essay

2035 Words Jun 5th, 2016 null Page
A scientist is hard at work in his lab, working with a single hair of the extinct woolly mammoth. The well preserved DNA was a success in itself for the scientist, making his mission possible. He plans to make another copy of the woolly mammoth with the help of its DNA and its close relative, the elephant. The possibilities with the perfection of his work are endless. The world will not be ready for his great feat. This is the very near future. This is the cloning of extinct animals. This is de-extinction. The idea of bringing back extinct animals has always been an idea of wonder to the world. With films like Jurassic Park showing the revival of the extinct dinosaur species brought back by cloning, the idea is not new, but also not something the world may have imagined outside of film. In fact, science is extremely close to this idea of de-extinction, the reviving and restoring of extinct species (Sumner and Carey), becoming a successful reality. There are a few methods to going about this reverse extinction, the main method being cloning. “In cloning, scientists use genetic material from the extinct species to create an exact modern copy” (Sumner and Carey). The DNA from the extinct species is needed for this, meaning the DNA must be viable and well preserved. Because recovering DNA from 1.5 million years ago is challenging, the Jurassic Park dream is highly unlikely. The dinosaurs have really seen their last days (Jones), and maybe rightly so. Species that have been…

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