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Old 02-20-2021, 12:27 PM
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I saw on YouTube that an extinct species of ferret was successfully cloned.

I think we need to start a petition for the high forehead types to get busy cloning the Carolina Parakeet.
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Old 02-20-2021, 05:23 PM
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Re: Letís start a petition

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I saw on YouTube that an extinct species of ferret was successfully cloned.

I think we need to start a petition for the high forehead types to get busy cloning the Carolina Parakeet.
I saw that and it struck me as odd that they would elect to clone such a short life creature and especially one so prone to cancer.

So, 'Carolina Parakeets.' Okay, they truly make more sense than ferrets. No offense to ferret people, just saying.
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Old 02-20-2021, 05:31 PM
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Re: Letís start a petition

My vote would be for the Glaucus Macaw, so we increase the number of blue macaws in the world by one species. Or go for a species that would really draw attention if it was cloned. The Dodo bird. Almost no one knows what a Carolina parakeet or Glaucus Macaw was. EVERYONE knows what the Dodo bird was.
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Old 02-20-2021, 05:50 PM
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Re: Letís start a petition

Great choice Al!

But take care, you may be dating yourself as there is an ever growing population of people that do not!

FYI: Kind of like asking someone the time of day and the only thing available is a traditional wall clock -- if its not digital they can't read it.
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Re: Letís start a petition

The value of cloning a species for purposes of repopulation is unfortunately specious at best. I would hypothesize that Inbreeding depression would likely set in pretty quickly wiping them out.

It’s one thing to start out with 100 unique individuals and breed them. Depending on the species involved you can likely outrun deleterious effects of inbreeding depression. You aren’t constantly surrounded by immediate genetic parents or siblings.

Increasing the population via closing would concentrate the gene pool further. It’s hard to outrun inbreeding when your surrounded by scores of genetically identical parents and siblings as potential mates. Too many opportunities to climb backwards on the genetic tree.
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Old 02-20-2021, 06:09 PM
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As always, So Very Well Stated!!!
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Old 02-20-2021, 06:22 PM
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Re: Letís start a petition

I’m not a genetics expert at all, I hate genetics actually (I’m a classical macro biologist at heart), partly because I found it difficult and tedious. I barely passed. But I have a reasonable understanding of the basics. I could be completely wrong here. But based on what I know that’s how I see it.
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Old 02-20-2021, 06:39 PM
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My vote would be for the Glaucus Macaw, so we increase the number of blue macaws in the world by one species. Or go for a species that would really draw attention if it was cloned. The Dodo bird. Almost no one knows what a Carolina parakeet or Glaucus Macaw was. EVERYONE knows what the Dodo bird was.
Since most of them were eaten getting DNA might be a problem
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Re: Letís start a petition

I’d love to see Paradise Parrots cloned, they used to be native to my area and the old stockmen around here used to have a few old nests in the termite mounds on their properties until the test of time took over and they rotted away. We already have Golden Shouldered parrots as the closest relatives and are bred with ease in captivity!

Back in the in the 70’s and 80’s there used to be a few schemes with some breeders and bird dealers offering ‘Paradise Parrots’ for sale with a price tag to knock you over! These so called Paradise Parrots, although looked very much like a real life Paradise Parrot, in fact were Golden Shouldered Parrots hybridised with Mulga Parrots.
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Old 02-25-2021, 10:55 PM
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Re: Letís start a petition

It looks like someone already had the idea.

Warning.... some disturbing images in the video.

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