Article Reflection-How to bring back extinct animals-Nathalie

Bringing Back Extinct Animals

Posted by Nathalie Istanto in Biology SL on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 11:06 am

Articlehttp://www.livescience.com/38972-how-to-resurrect-extinct-animals.html

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Scientists are able to resurrect animals which have gone extinct. This is important as some animals who are now extinct could have provided scientists with a better understanding on evolution or other scientific knowledge. Some of these animals are also extinct because of human activity. Since it was our fault in the first place, we should try to fix it.

I personally think that cloning animals that are already extinct is a great idea. We can learn more about them from observations instead of relying on past information. However, I also feel that there are some things scientists need to consider before they begin cloning these animals. Firstly, the process itself is quite hard. Scientists dream of cloning a wooly mammoth, but where are they going to find a mammoth’s egg to transfer the nucleus into? Not only that, obtaining the somatic cells of the extinct species can also be challenging.

Scientists also have to think of the environment these cloned animals are going to live in. Some animals are extinct because their natural habitat is destroyed. They might not survive living out in the wild now, so what is the use of cloning these animals if they are just going to die anyway? The money and manpower could have gone into genetic research on a genetic disease instead of cloning animals that could not live in the wild nowadays.

People are also afraid that cloning extinct animals will make the conservation of animals harder. Many people will not want to help conserve habitats of near-extinct animals because they think that these animals can be cloned in a lab. They will continue doing more harm to the environment than good. However, governments are able to create laws to protect the spaces before any of the extinct animals are cloned so that people will still protect that space.

Cloning extinct animals have both advantages and disadvantages, but I think that with proper rules and regulations, the disadvantages can be eliminated.

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