A joint effort by Japanese, Russian and American scientists is underway to resurrect the extinct woolly mammoth by way of cloning. Frozen mammoth tissue in good condition has been obtained from Siberia and new technology provides for the nuclei of its cells to be implanted into elephant eggs in a manner conducive to cloning. If all goes as expected a living mammoth will walk the earth in 5 to 6 years.
Why resurrect the mammoth ?.....
because we can.... because this is the, or at least a, next logical step in genomic research.
Scientists must stick to their amoral high ground.
Yes one must consider the consequences of what one does... but to not do it because of fear someone will use it in not so great ways or it will damage the world if it goes too far is a no go argument in my book;
Take gunpowder as an example. it has killed untold numbers of people, extinct species and maimed many more. But it has also fed the masses, moved mountains and been the great equalizer in many a dispute.
Science expands knowledge period. To not go the next step with the mammoth may not be the end of the earth, but then again maybe the way to save it will come out of the research.