Thursday, 9 March 2017

Woolly Mammoths Suffered Genetic "Meltdown" Before Extinction

quote [ Before woolly mammoths went extinct thousands of years ago, their dwindling population suffered a series of genetic mutations that hampered their ability to survive, researchers said Thursday.

Woolly mammoths were once among the most common herbivores in North America and Siberia, but came under threat from increased hunting pressure and a warming climate. They disappeared from the Earth 3,700 years ago. ]

You read that right. Most mammoths did die out 10,000 years ago. But not all of them. Related to arrowhen's post.

While this is bad news, I think there is hope through genetic engineering. It may be likely that currently endangered animals are already past the point where they can come back naturally, but if we chose to do so, we could artificially create genetic diversity in their populations by resurrecting and reintroducing historic material from samples.

So the question is: Should we? If so, what would be the criteria to determine which species we ought to save?
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+3 Interesting]
[by eidolon@12:19amGMT]

Comments

arrowhen said @ 12:53am GMT on 9th Mar [Score:2]
If so, what would be the criteria to determine which species we ought to save?

Flavor and/or cuteness, obviously.
sanepride said @ 3:58am GMT on 9th Mar
Do pandas taste good?
eidolon said @ 4:13am GMT on 9th Mar
Do you enjoy Panda Express?
Bleb said @ 12:15pm GMT on 9th Mar
This is why you don't have sex with your cousin. Unless she's super-hot, you haven't seen each other since you were kids, and there's an open bar at the wedding.
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:10pm GMT on 9th Mar [Score:1 Insightful]
If there's an open bar, she doesn't have to be hot.

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