ecology of evolution...

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Dominiquest
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ecology of evolution...

There was this seminar conducted in our research center and it was a guest lecture on cloning... They spoke about the cloning being conducted on animals that are on the verge of extinction or are already extinct so that their numbers can increase... I posed this question to him and didn't get an answer so I was wondering if anyone could help me on this... If animals go extinct following the theory of natural selection and we try to bring them back through cloning, then will the species survive or go extinct again? and if it does survive, will it adversely affect the ecosystem where it is introduced through species richness?

mchinmoyee
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http://www.smh.com.au/news
mchinmoyee
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I agree with you!!

I agree with you!!
I think there are many other issues to solve for the scientific community from eradicating certain disease to create life saving drugs to technology for better life ,THEN interfering with the evolutionary proccess, But also if at anywhere (as in many) the species became extinct due to overpoaching or enchroachment of human activity etc then should right away stop it rather then trying bringing them back.
But some scientist think that to understand better the evolution they want them back, then "don't they have to get back all the species existed then?".
I guess it will be worth saving those plant species which are of medicinal importance.
Also, we all have to draw a line somewhere, before its too late.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Bringing-Extinct-Animals-back-To-Life-Using-Cloning

Dominiquest
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Its very true... If you bring

Its very true... If you bring back one species, you have to bring back all and I would like to meet the person with so much time and money on his hands that he is willing to risk the whole process because if the species dies out, he loses everything including the hard work and time he put into bringing the dead back to life... The point you made about the medicinal plants is also good, but we need to keep them too under control and in protected condition (growing only enough to supply our medicinal needs)...

hilltrekker
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We shoul try to save whatever species are there on the earth rather than trying to bring back, thereby preserving and conserving nature in present state for our future generations. 

Dominiquest
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I would like to change a few

I would like to change a few of my previous words... Instead of bringing back the necessary species, i think tissue culture of the parts of the plant or animal that are useful for their production of the required substances will be more helpful and safe in that it will not affect our present ecosystems...

Monu
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Adding to the discussion, I

Adding to the discussion, I want to say that conservation is the best thing. but if we need something from nature as medicine, we should use tissue culture or other related techniques.