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Thread: Resurrecting extinct species

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    According to the latest issue of National Geographic, scientists are now nearing the point where it will be possible to insert the mitochondrial DNA of extinct species (material is still genetically viable at an age of 10,000 years) into the sequence of existing biological descendants - i.e. there have been proposals to recreate the auroch through modern-day cattle breeding. Once the DNA has been inserted, successive generational breeding will recreate animals genetically identical to their ancestors. Questions worth noting include where it displays an element of hubris for humans to assume the right to recreate animals, having caused their demise, where the altered natural environment remains suitable for species development and, indeed, whether, say, a resurrected woolly mammoth could truly be considered a genuine revival, or merely a genetically-altered modern elephant.
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    Bring back the Dodo !
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    Heard a few years ago that the T-Rex's closest living genetic relative is the chicken. No idea how true that is though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_93 View Post
    Heard a few years ago that the T-Rex's closest living genetic relative is the chicken. No idea how true that is though.
    That would be some serious burger ...

    Genetics Link T-Rex to Chickens | The Harvard Crimson
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    Precisely the reason I studied biotechnology... had figured by this stage, I'd be building a better tomato, or raising my own personal army velociraptors to take over the world..

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    Isn't one of them having an Ard Fheis later this month?

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    Oh, I thought this was going to be another Green Party thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_93 View Post
    Heard a few years ago that the T-Rex's closest living genetic relative is the chicken. No idea how true that is though.
    That reminds me of the ages old question : Which came first - the T-rex or the egg?
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    did we learn nothing from Jurassic Park?

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    Apologies for putting this in the wrong forum, thanks mods.
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