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Everyone here, except me, is a scientist. I have 3.4 years to catch up... but that'll only make me a computer scientist.
I'm no scientist, but I do debate on the net about things that are against the OCN TOS that deal with science.

I'm simply somewhat up-to-date about things.
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I'm no scientist, but I do debate on the net about things that are against the OCN TOS that deal with science.

I'm simply somewhat up-to-date about things.
To assume one knows more than the scientists that are going to do this is stupid.
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Social behaviors? Umm.... you do realize that many behavioral traits are genetic? No, of course you didn't. That's why there is a whole field dedicated to a science known as behavioral genetics.
Look at humans and our lack of genetically coded behavior. We have to be TAUGHT to do everything but breathe and defecate. Animals are a different story, but it is still true that whatever degree of social learning took place in Mammoths, it will not happen in this Mammoth.
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This is what I have always wanted! Now on to dino's!
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Not sure if it will succeed. I remember seeing a documentary ~7 years ago on efforts being done to bring the Tasmanian tiger out of extinction and I have yet to see any progress.

Tiger > Mammoth.

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Man, I hope that this works. Yes, the value of actually cloning a mammoth can be debated (by fools, mostly), but that isn't the point. By proving that the technology works, scientists can get the funding they need to resurrect other, more relevant species, such as Dodos and passenger pigeons, which would be an absolutely glorious, beautiful scientific achievement. Plus, consider all of the other potential uses of cloning technology; cheaper replacement organs for humans, for instance.
    
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sabertooth tiger please.
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Yes, the value of actually cloning a mammoth can be debated (by fools, mostly), but that isn't the point.
One thing I can see is that mammoths were hearty in the cold, and if the meat is good, they could be farmed in the north, where cows do not thrive very well.

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cheaper replacement organs for humans, for instance.
It's crass, but I think the Chinese will continue to undercut that market...
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I'm not a biologist, but I was under the impression that in order to correctly create a Mammoth, for example, one needed not only the DNA, but also the reproductive environment of the specific animal.

In other words, not just any DNA can be handled by just any old reproductive system.

An elephant is being used, I assume, because of the genetic similarity to a Mammoth, but that doesn't guarantee that the necessary proteins, etc will be present or manufacturable in order to produce a viable offspring.
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Wouldn't a baby mammoth be a little too big for an elephant surrogate?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammoth

Take a look. I'd put an emphasis on this part "However, most species of mammoth were only about as large as a modern Asian elephant." The biggest mammoth's are quite a bit bigger than the biggest elephants though. They could probably get one to gestate but the elephant would likely die giving birth.
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