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?

March 3, 2014

"Hunting for Siberian Mammoths"--full doc on video

This 51-minute video details mammoth hunting and ivory collection in Siberia:

Well, Woolly Mammoths aren't using their tusks at all these days. Why not profit? say ivory hunters. Uh oh. I feel a substandard limerick coming on...

Hunting mammoths for their tusks

may not satisfy a lust

but for Science mixed with greed

we'll snag all the tusks we need.

jc march 3, 2014 (c)

For more videos on various and alternative topics, you may wish to visit Forbidden Knowledge TV.

December 2, 2013

New Theories about Dinosaurs and their Babies (video)

Did dinosaurs take good care of their babies? The following 57-minute video presentation is for those who are curious about the creatures and want to catch up on new theories concerning them. That's not me so much, but perhaps it's you...?

Once dinosaurs did stomp about

a long long time ago

they're gone bye-bye for now at least

their eggs and fossils show

(And for this I am thankful.)

jc 12.2.12

July 2, 2013

Woolly Mammoth Chronicles in dutch w Technorati!

Besides, Aren't Frets Over Woolly Mammoth Clones Enough All Ready?

by a disgruntled Jude Cowell

Yes, you're right that disgruntlement comes naturally to me yet now a new fret affects my brain and it involves the venerable Technorati website which I joined so many moons ago.

Here's the problem: it seems like no matter how hard I try, I cannot enter correctly the claim code into the core of WMC, the blog which you read before you. This is, in part, because I am out of practice since Blogger (Google) switched Layouts to the drop'n'drag method years ago. How am I supposed to remember all the code stuff that I once dealt with on a daily basis now that it's been ages since I used it? Who has time to search Forums for answers?

Not this fretter!

Plus, it isn't as if being born with the tech-loving planet of electricity and Promethean changes, Uranus, in communicating Gemini helps much with remembering such things that aren't regularly used...it means that when it comes to methods used years ago I have to figure out how to do stuff online every time unless I write down instructions and manage to find the instructions again when I need to 'know' how to proceed. Arghh! There's way too much water under the record-keeping bridge since then and needles in haystacks come to mind.

Oh well. Today's fuss gives me an excuse for typing a new Ode to a Woolly Mammoth for you since I believe I do remember how to do that!

If Woollies live again we'll moan

when things go all awry

I would not care to feed the beast

nor warm its cherry pie

Who benefits we all may ask

though Science stays quite mum

so if a clone's a fat mistake

perhaps its day won't come.

jc 7.2.2013

And if you're a confirmed fan of cloning...never mind!

Now how about this? Despite Mammoth Blood Discovery, Cloning Still Unlikely. Shall I believe them and whoop!?

May 15, 2013

On Human Stem Cell Creation (plus, Dr Heinz Doofenschmirtz)

More Adventures in Cloning

by Jude Cowell

If you're fretfully uncertain about the wisdom of Science's whole cloning endeavor, here's a disturbing headline: Stem Cells Produced from Cloning Technique for First Time in which the journal Cell is cited for its report that human embryos which are copies of living people have been used to make stem cells.

An up-side is that this breakthrough sounds promising for curing disease, I suppose, but not so grand for the almost-human-beings who will remain in an embryonic state--or I suppose that they will--until their cells are 'harvested' for medical science's 'higher purpose'. Yet perhaps a few saucy Republicans will sponsor a bill to legally protect them so that they can inherit property and open bank accounts. I jest yet must wonder if embryos have no feeling sensations at all. Does anyone know or care?

Well, I must confess that the very idea makes me feel weird, sad for the human race, and...fretfully rhyme-ish:

An embryo of Mammoth size

from cloning we may face

but since they can no reason to

their hubris a disgrace.

Poor scientists! With abundant arrogance intact, they're attempting as mankind has tried before to build yet another Tower of Babel to reach heaven and pretend to be God. Suckas!!!

jc (c)2013

And yes, I know--this video will probably be removed soon but this is a freebie blog and I can't resist embedding clips of my favorite scientist of all, Dr. Heinz Doofenschmirtz. You are a devoted Phineas and Ferb fan, right?


Disclosure: the opinions and concerns expressed here are totally those of the author who frets over cloning of Woolly Mammoths and other Frankensteinian projects which if 'successful' may get completely out of hand; in no way do they reflect the views of google, blogger, or that of any hapless reader who accidentally wanders into this ode-filled blog of frets and misgivings. Thanks for reading! jc

A closely related topic: Social Origins of Eugenics.

April 19, 2013

If They Clone the Woolly Back

Another Poem of Woolly Mammoth Fret

by Jude Cowell

When Woolly Mammoth walked the earth

he was the latest thing

but if they clone a Woolly back

such stomping it will bring.

jc 4/19/13

The above (thankfully very brief) verse was composed on the spot just for you!

And little did I realize that a while back my Scottish friend, astrologer and author Anne Whitaker, wrote a lovely piece concerning this very blog including one of my quirkiest Mammoth frets (considering my extreme yet erstwhile silliness on this blog. Or am I serious?)

How very kind of her!

Now I have mentioned it on this blog previously but when it comes to pioneering Science and its major breakthroughs through history as described by the ancient system of Astrology, check out Anne's intriguing book Jupiter Meets Uranus available on Amazon for it also contains fascinating information on Mary Shelley and the writing of her Uranian masterpiece Prometheus Unbound, aka, Frankenstein!

So after composing the above verse, I then discovered a photo of a stuffed Woolly Mammoth toy and I must regretfully report to you that it has unfortunately triggered yet another fret for which I pre-apologize:

I'd rather hug a Mammoth toy

all plush and brown and tusky

than have to face one on my street

so strange and wild and husky.

jc 4/19/13


A Bit o'Science News: well, perhaps you'll be happier to hear about this than I am, but the sequencing of the Woolly Mammoth gene is complete and a clump of scientists have recently met in Washington DC to discuss cloning ancient species including the Woolly Mammoth.

Yet still I must wonder: have they really thought through the wisdom and safety of this project and who's going to feed, wash, comb, and diaper its bulk 24/7?