Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Is This Really a Good Idea?

Resurrecting the Giants: Wooly Mammoth DNA Successfully Inserted into Elephant Genetic Code

Apex Tribune is running a story about work out of Harvard to resurrect the wooly mammoth. The thing about evolution is that balanced is achieved in an ecosystem. This balance changes over time depending on environmental constraints but it always re-balances. Artificially introducing the wooly mammoth back into this mix would destabilize the ecosystem of the region.

1 comment:

  1. To think about the fact that there were mammoths on islands off the Siberian Coast when Moses led Israel out of Egypt cannot help but to provoke a sense of awe and wonder. The same sense results from contemplating resurrecting the extinct species. The genetic experiment is one thing, and may be a very worthwhile activity to produce a captive breeding population. Releasing them into the wild - that is a wholly different issue.