Is it right to clone an extinct species?

by Adriano D 1993 on June 7, 2013 - 11:35am

Is it right to clone an extinct species?


Link to article: http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/mammoth-fragments-from-siberia-raise-cloning-hopes-1.952460


Extinction is very fascinating. It shows us humans what used to roam the earth but for one reason or another could not survive certain changes. Those changes can range from climate conditions, environment conditions, hunted at an alarming rate etc. Cloning can gives us a chance to see things we have never seen before. Cloning can do great things but it is constantly frowned upon. Numerous people believe cloning goes against nature and religion and that there is no place for such things in our world. But, there is not one person alive on this planet that has ever come in contact with a wholly mammoth. These mammals died out probably due to the end of their Ice Age.  I for one would absolutely love to have the chance to see a wholly mammoth or any extinct creature. Scientists could learn a lot from this gigantic beast. It’s not every day that we get preserved blood from an extinct species and we should take that opportunity to attempt to clone one. If they could try this procedure on a frog then I don’t see why doing it on a mammoth is any different.  There is a reason scientists have found this liquid blood. That reason must be explored.


 I do feel though, that if we were to successfully revive an extinct species and get that species to reproduce it might damage the balance of current nature (religious and scientific beliefs). There are also chances that it does well for their environment, who truly knows.  We don’t know how these clones will act in this age and that can be very dangerous to society and any environment the mammoth is a part of.


By cloning this mammal we could give way to cloning of other species and eventually humans. The concern is more about the future consequences of cloning not the present ones.  They fear the slippery slope effect.


Would cloning an extinct species put our world in danger?

Comments

I believe that in the case of cloning an instinct species, we should in fact take the opportunity given to us by not only science but some might also so faith and luck. In my opinion as long as there are boundaries to respect and no harm is done I enforce the idea. In todays world, all we can do is advance with technology and knowledge which will bring us to expand what we already know and bring us hope of correction mistakes that we are presently dealing with. Although it may be dangerous to have a mammoth back on the earth, I strongly think it is a great start and will give scientists a good idea on how it would be to clone other species we spend so much time and money trying to save.

We will never for sure know what will come about doing a procedure as such but at the end of the day what do we have to lose?

I think they should try to clone the mammoth as it could potentially help scientist understand how animals before the last ice age lived and survived. It could also give biologists, great understanding of the life before humans. Although this raises another more profound ethical issue, should cloning be accepted and practiced? If the scientists are able to clone a mammoth, they may want to start cloning other more complex species such as the human beings, like you mentioned. So personally, by taking a consequentialist approach, I think the scientists should try and clone the mammoth because there are likely to be more positive outcomes than negative ones, as long as the cloning is controlled and they don’t set it wild in order not to alter and/or harm our ecosystems. But we should definitely start seriously considering future ethical issues concerning cloning in general.