Originally Posted by xenophobe
First successful attempt.
How many attempts were made to make a device to actually fly before it first happened?
Mammoths aren't just hairy elephants, they're a separate species. This is going to take 1000s of tries to get to embyro, and hundreds of said embryos to get one to actually implant itself in the elephants womb, and only a very small portion of those will survive to term, and maybe one will be born without any defects. This is pointless research, aimed at getting people interested enough to give them money for real science, which is sad.
Making a hairy elephant won't teach us anything about mammoths- we won't know it's social behaviors as the furball will mimic its elephant mom, we won't know its exact diet as it will eat what we give it, and it will be subject to years of testing in a stable- not its natural habitat. For what purpose? Because we wanted to. There is no scientific purpose being served by resurrecting a mammoth- only a monetary one.
This simply won't matter to the world. It will be irrelephant.