Cloning the Woolly Mammoth

Cloning the Woolly Mammoth

2015, Science  -   14 Comments
Ratings: 8.46/10 from 71 users.

Scientific research and practices are advancing at a rapid pace. Many of the breakthroughs have exceeded the expectations of our most vivid imaginations, and have forced society to grapple with challenges related to ethics and morality. The most glaring example of this dilemma lies in the field of cloning.

The new documentary Cloning the Woolly Mammoth tackles this debate by taking us on a journey around the globe in regions where researchers are making great strides in replicating various species in their laboratories.

The world was abuzz when the news broke that species such as sheep and dogs were successfully cloned. Now, scientists are working diligently to make their next cloning experiment a reality, and it's the kind of quest that most of us have only witnessed through the imaginings of Hollywood movie makers. Can advances in cloning allow us to resurrect a long extinct and prehistoric species like the woolly mammoth?

This quest begins in South Korea, where cloning has become a widely accepted reality, and a profitable business to boot. Wealthy consumers can even have their beloved pets cloned for $100,000 per specimen. But the next evolution in cloning technologies makes these accomplishments seem tame and antiquated in comparison. Utilizing mammoth tissue samples imported from Siberia, scientists inject these long dormant cells into the Asian elephant; thereby, attempting to recreate a species which has been extinct for over 4,000 years.

Why the mammoth? Scientists state that it's simply because it's within the realm of possibility. "Someone on this Earth will have to do it and I think it's us," says interview subject Dr. Jeong Yeon Woo, the director of the Sooam Mammoth Rebirth Project. "Don't you think it will be fun to find out what comes out?"

The ethical implications of the experiment don't end there. Siberian tusk hunters are one of the major groups who profit from the woolly mammoth project, and their efforts play a primary role in supplying the samples which make the experiment possible.

Cloning the Woolly Mammoth explores the many controversial variables involved in this brave new world of scientific research; a world which may be ill-prepared if these experiments should reap success.

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Kathryn Lynch
5 years ago

Before cloning wooly mammoths, we need to set aside large protected areas where the animals are protected by security but available to be seen by visitors. The visitors could pay admission to support their management. This would include disease control, injury aid, herd number control, everyday supervision of food and water, and security.

7 years ago

How do you "know" That people are being cloned already?These documentaries only tell you what they want you to know! Rockerfella has has 6 Heart transplants,

7 years ago

It's a shame that such an earth shaking and controversial topic was ruined by terrible narration, terrible acting, terrible music, and terrible production. Was there anything, aside from the people interviewed, good about this documentary?

Norman Van Rooy
8 years ago

To create a viable population will take hundreds of years since genetic diversity requires many variations. By that time the Siberian permafrost will have belched up enough methane to smother the atmosphere. LOL

8 years ago

what next ?the cloning of a wolly slave worker predestined to mine in arctic conditions & able to live of frozen H2o?'Horray!'

8 years ago

Alot Of Animals Are Extinct Because Of Us So Bringing Them Back Is The Least We Can Do

8 years ago

Cloning to bring back extinct animals would be great! They didn't become extinct due to natural evolution so we should bring them back!