10 comments on “Should We Bring Back Extinct Species?

  1. I feel it depends why they went extinct. if it was natural events then no, like you said the environment is very different than when the mammoth or dinosaurs went extinct. the Auroch went extinct not to long ago, so that might be a possibility. but why did they go extinct? i think it is far more prudent to save the species we have today from extinction. many tigers are gone. we brought the American Buffalo to the brink, and the wolf. through poaching for trinkets of ivory the elephant is going that way. just to name a few…

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    • Good points Randolph 🙂 I think most went extinct due to climate change and loss of their prey. I agree that we should focus on current species and try to keep them from going extinct. I think, honestly, bringing back things like the woolly mammoth would only be to satisfy our curiosity and make some dough off of sightseeing admission tickets.

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  2. I would have to say no. From what I understand the Auroch is being “Back Bred” through natural means and not actually Cloned in a test tube. Here’s what worries me. They plan to extract DNA and clone these animals, We “Think” we know what caused them to go extinct but we really are not sure. What if there may have been a virus or bacterium that aided in their demise? Could this virus or bacterium be accidently cloned also? who’s to say what DNA is what in the mix they use? Why would they even want to take a chance of this? Circus side show?

    It was what it was and it’s over… I say leave it alone as it is and quit trying to play creator. Knowing human nature we will mess something up for sure. Man’s curiosity is going to kill us all yet. lol

    Now they have a strange fungus growing on the Spacelab that they cannot identify or know where it came from. They better be very very careful with this too! 🙂

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    • Now that’s something I haven’t considered JR but good point. If we clone I’m pretty sure the virus will also get cloned and that could be disastrous. I’ve heard about the unidentified fungus on the space station. Very odd and, honestly, kinda spooky! The Blob born again???

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  3. Space fungi? that’s interesting, good luck with that. Nature has her way and extinction is a part of evolution even though we don’t like it. my point i should make is if we caused the extinction, or near extinction, then it is our responsibility to prevent it. Nature is always breaking down and building back up. when Mt. St. Helens in Washington popped it’s top back in 1980, the volcanic run-off flowed into a nearby lake, turning it acidic, killing everything. slowly over the 30 years, life began anew. during that process, scientists discovered 2 new, or previously undiscovered pneumonia viruses in the water.

    If you are a mold-o-phobe, not to worry. only about half of them have been found growing in houses. so that means there are about double that number growing outside, right under your feet. if you have an organic garden then they are even more prevalent. in the forest there is one of the most destructive molds known to man, Merillaporia Incrassata, or poria for short. aka house killer mold. My advice to all mold-o-phobes is never ever go outside!

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    • Lol, I get what you are saying here Randolf, and I am hip all this. If people knew about the truth around just Dust Mites they would never get out of the shower. In fact we know someone like this, 7 showers a day and the dust mites are still there…. 🙂

      But I think a mold that originates here on earth was apparently meant to be and controlled by the preset parameters here. But a mold of unknown origin in space, that might be controlled and quarantined in space, could proliferate out of control in a new richer organic environment.

      The difference is that those growing here are growing in an organic environment, the one in space is growing in an inorganic environment of Metal and plastic, What might happen if it is introduced into an organic environment? It could explode into something uncontrollable.

      The way I look at it is we really don’t belong up there in the first place so it might be better to be safe than sorry. Same with cloning DNA with possible unknown factors involved. Better to be safe than sorry. Guess I’m just not a gambler if there is really no very justified reason to gamble.

      Like Barb said… “Why”, and I totally agree with this question. I really don’t see any good reason at all to even try in the first place. The risks far far outweigh the benefits, What’s next? T-Rex? 🙂

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        • Yeah… Me too. 🙂 We are back to your great question…why? The only ones who would love this would be the Military. I couldn’t see any other true practical use for these. lol

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