The Ibex Rises From The Ashes
Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica, the Pyrenean Ibex has returned from extinction thanks to God cloning. The noble goat went extinct in 2000, but thanks to some foresighted scientists that saw to it to freeze some skin samples in liquid nitrogen, we have preserved the DNA. Of course, the cloning process that we have now isn’t really the most efficient; of the 439 embryos created, only 7 resulted in pregnancies. But, considering that at least 25% of natural human pregnancies result in spontaneous abortions, I don’t think we’re that far behind. Keep in mind, we’re new comers to the game.
Now, if I may go out on a sci fi limb here: imagine a massive animal DNA library. The gene sequence of every animal we can nab is stored in little liquid cooled vials. If we need an animal … for study … or a game feed … we can inject some animal goo into an egg and let it cook. Presto! Instant animal! Of course, this scenario could be viewed as a bad thing … After all, if no animal could ever really go extinct, why would anyone put up an effort to save any?
Of course, as fraking cool as an ibex is, the pièce de résistance of animal cloning will be to bring back the woolly mammoth. We do have mammoth DNA, but unfortunately, the “mammoth stuff” that we do have is severely degraded. There is a team working on reconstructing it, but it will be a challenging project, no doubt.