Is it right to clone an extinct species?

by Adriano D 1993 on Juin 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?