--Woolly Mammoth-- "De-Extinct" in 2 years? Destiny Valentine- SNAA- 2/20/17-5th period

The Woolly Mammoth is a large (200 lbs.) elephant-like animal that has large sharp tusks and four molars. It's often covered in long hair to keep them warm in the cool climate that they lived in. This animal went extinct after the last ice-age. Scientist George Church is attempting to bring back the Woolly Mammoth by creating a hybrid elephant- mammoth embryo. The hybrid will be grown in an artificial womb. Which of course brought some concerns, but it's better than bringing in a living female elephant and risking her life.

In my opinion, this process is interesting but a waste of time. Why create this hybrid? Why bring it into the world for it to do something I'm sure we have other animals already doing? I know it may seem exciting that they might be able to "resurrect" the woolly mammoth, but is it really necessary? Why waste time, money, and space when you can use your brilliant mind to help create a solution to a more pressing problem?

VOCABULARY:

  • Embryo- An unborn or unhatched offspring in the process of development
  • Hybrid- The offspring of 2 different species of plants or animals.

Information about the article- Title: "Woolly Mammoth could be "De-extinct" in 2 Years, Scientist Says" Date Published: 2/16/17 Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/woolly-mammoth-elephant_us_58a62fa7e4b037d17d264477?section=us_science

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