In the process of pushing for it, though, we can push our understanding of an aspect of the world further than we otherwise would, create some pretty rad technology that could have totally unforseen benefits, and when it does pay off, the human experience will be a little more expanded and more beautiful. Mammoths are probably the toughest option among the dozens of animals we could feasibly resurrect (out of the hundreds we've helped wipe out). Because of this, the challenges we surmount in the process make bringing back some of the lower hanging fruit (Quagga, Auroch, Irish Elk, Pig-Footed Bandicoot, Megalania, Xenicibis, Mekosuchus, Huia, Hobbit, Thylacine, Moas, Aepyornis, Auk, Dodo) that much easier.
I also find arguments about how the resources for things like mammoth resurrection (and space exploration, for that matter) are wasted because they could be spent on [worthy global issue that needs solving] pretty specious. That kind of funding shouldn't be, and isn't really, a zero sum game. To the degree that it is, it's more a problem of prioritizing short term gains (especially of the military nature) generally over long term ones. The solution is to collectively fight for a bigger pie, not fight against each other over how it's sliced." -Colin Bartlett
Five years? Don't hold your breath.
Here's a short and suitably skeptical take from Discover, which also explains the new story: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2011/12/06/woolly-mammoth-cloned-within-five-years-well-believe-it-when-we-ride-it/
But you should really read this long feature from 2009, in which Henry Nicholls explains exactly why cloning a mammoth would be so damn hard
"New York cops have arrested, punched, whacked, shoved to the ground and tossed a barrier at reporters and photographers covering protests. Reporters were asked by NYPD to raise their hands to prove they had credentials: when many dutifully did so, they were taken, upon threat of arrest, away from the story they were covering, and penned far from the site in which the news was unfolding. Other reporters wearing press passes were arrested and roughed up by cops, after being – falsely – informed by police that 'It is illegal to take pictures on the sidewalk.'
"The mainstream media was declaring continually 'OWS has no message'. Frustrated, I simply asked them. I began soliciting online 'What is it you want?' answers from Occupy. In the first 15 minutes, I received 100 answers. These were truly eye-opening.
"No 3 was the most clarifying: draft laws against the little-known loophole that currently allows members of Congress to pass legislation affecting Delaware-based corporations in which they themselves are investors.
When I saw this list – and especially the last agenda item – the scales fell from my eyes. Of course, these unarmed people would be having the shit kicked out of them."
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