A team of scientists working on “de-extinction” says that they hope to engineer a woolly mammoth embryo within two years. Actually, it will be a mammoth/elephant hybrid. The plan is to insert the genes for mammoth characteristics into an elephant’s DNA. It will be several years after the embryos are generated before giving birth to a live animal.
The article linked after the jump cites some problems that have to be overcome, as well as some ethical issues that have been raised.
Do you see a moral problem with such “de-extinction” genetic engineering? Might at least some “life issue” concerns apply not just to humans but also to animals? [Read more…]