March 3, 2017

Scientists Really Really Want to Clone a Woolly Mammoth!

Two teams of scientists are working on the project to bring back the Woolly Mammoth, one using DNA splicing and the other cloning. And if you're read this blog of science poems before this minute you know that yours truly is greatly discomfited by the thought of The Return of the Woolly Mammoth. After all, their first reign upon the Earth wasn't stellar or in any way spectacular, was it?

And it seems they even suffered from acid reflux! Now who would want to return from pre-History's grave yard just to enjoy a bunch of tummy aches?

Well, read up on how the Woolly reconstitution project is going if you must. Personally, I'd rather write a new verse in honor of large, extinct stinky mammals while reminding you, dear reader, to please answer the Woolly Mammoth Poll at the top of the sidebar to your right! Multiple answers are allowed as well as your better ideas-->

Now here's the bad poem of the day:

They cloned a Woolly Mammoth though a no-no was in store

with all the trouble that implies and then they cloned some more

but that big Woolly was a mess with nose atop his head

and eyes that looked askance at everything the doctor said

On Woolly you are quite a coup to bring back from the past

in spite of all the neigh-sayers you've come to us at last

now with a stomp of your left foot we run before your wrath

if only we had turned before we took the wayward path.

JC 2017

Don't do it!

March 2, 2017

Did Bad Mutations Doom the Woolly Mammoth to Extinction?

Not to alarm you but here's the current scoop: Last of 'too silky' woolly mammoths blighted by bad mutations, a disturbing headline for woolly mammoth devotees to read but facts must be faced wherever they are found.

On an island between Russia and Alaska, Wrangel Island, mammoths frolicked in icier days and left behind study materials for scientists of the fossil persuasion. It seems that extinction came after silky hair developed (unsuitable for Ice Age climes) and upsetting cases of heartburn began to plague the woolly mammoth though one may wonder with our more advanced knowledge whether overeating or consuming too much peppery food were the real culprits behind the woollies' discomfort and unseemly belching.

So if bad mutations caused them big problems does that mean that woollies were mere science experiments gone wrong? If that's even a slight possibility, let's not repeat and release their 'bad mutations' and bilious stomachs upon the Earth, what say you? After all, the stinkers were exterminated once already and we don't want to have to do it again.

A Woolly Mammoth full of gas

came to my door one day

I gave him Tums for his heartburn

to make him go away.

jc 2017

February 3, 2017

Mystery Surrounds a Massive Woolly Mammoth Graveyard!

Did you hear about the Mystery Surrounding a Massive Woolly Mammoth Graveyard full of bones from several mammoths?

Well, even though it's been quite a while since poetry was inspired by woolly mammoth news here on Woolly Mammoth Chronicles, here's a small offering in honor of such a curious mystery:

Those mammoth bones found in a pit

concern me not a little bit

for if a clone should come to pass

don't call on me to wipe its ___

Okay, that's enough rhyming for today, don't you think?

jc 2017

April 27, 2016

Woolly Mammoth Cloning Closer Than Ever!

With the cloning of a "gentle giant" Woolly Mammoth creeping closer to reality thanks to genome sequencing, the opinion of a University of Chicago scientist precisely echoes my own thoughts about the project:

"It won't be that long till we're technically able to do it, but whether we should is a different question," Lynch told Live Science, referring to cloning a mammoth. "I don't think we should."

Amen. A man of wisdom!

Read the 'weird science' article from 2015 published by NBC News or check it out at Live Science.

And now, this...

To use the skin of Woolly Mammoth

may seem quite a coup

when cloning such a massive beast

enjoy the piles of poo!

Jude Cowell 2016; copyright by author

June 13, 2015

June 2015: Woolly Mammoth News Inspires a 2-Line Verse

Woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) - Mauricio Antón

By Mauricio Antón [Creative Commons License 2.5] via Wikimedia Commons

June 13, 2015: By now you know that in early 2011, Japanese scientists announced their determination to clone a Woolly Mammoth back to life within 5 years (2016). Meanwhile in the US, a first step has been taken by Harvard geneticist George Church and his colleagues: Woolly Mammoth DNA Inserted into Elephant Cells though they say that much work lies ahead before we see cloned mammoths prancing about or living as captives in some freakish Extinct Animal Zoo.

Why, only two days ago, BBC News published a piece that attempted to explain Why scientists want to bring back woolly mammoths though for me, 'because it would be cool' does not suffice as an answer. Yes, children would get a kick out of it which could jump start or increase their fascination with Science and Genetics but the kick could turn out to be a bit more dangerous than paying closer attention during biology class.

So apparently, the premiere of another Jurassic Park film is spurring popular interest in such extinct animals and you may wish to read People Magazine's The Ethics of Jurassic World: Scientists Debate the Real-Life Possibility of Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth. You'll remember the stand-out line delivered by actor Jeff Goldblum in the first Jurassic Park film which forms a partial basis for my creation of this very blog: "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

Now to close, here's the very brief and hopefully painless 2-line verse that popped into my head as I considered the latest news nuggets concerning the cloning--the de-extinction--of a you-know-what:

A bulky Woolly Mammoth may return to Earth one day

If it escapes we'll be inclined to scream and run away.

At least I know I will. How about you?

Copyright: jude cowell 2015

June 19, 2014

Newly Found Dinosaur Named After Roman God

In Astrology, Mercury Loves New Discoveries, Ideas, and Teaching Science

With Science's nod to the Roman god Mercury and the wings on his/her mythological helmet, an aptly-named new dinosaur, the Mercuriceratops gemini, has been discovered--or rather its fossils have turned up in Montana and Canada.

Are those happy cheers I hear from little children, those dinosaur fans we all love to encourage? Apparently so for we have a two-year-old dinosaur fanatic running around here some place!

But thankfully no cloned Woolly Mammoths are on the scene...yet.

Oh Woolly Mammoth stay away

as long as you desire

your cloning seems a bad idea

like tossing fat to fire!

(c)jude cowell june 19, 2014

April 22, 2014

Scientists to 'edit' our DNA--a poem results

Some amazing yet disturbing news from the Realm of Genetics is announced:

Revealed: Scientists 'edit' DNA to correct adult genes and cure disease.

And here is one rhymish reaction from yours truly which may just be groan worthy enough for you--I know it is for me:

They work to edit DNA

and find out how we got that way

our deepest flaws they shall reveal

man's very nature they will steal.

(c) jc april 22, 2014

Is editing DNA a positive outcome of genetic research? Possibly. Yet who now can imagine what entities will eventually end up in possession such an awesome ability?