February 2, 2011

How Smart to Clone a Woolly Mammoth?

Do you know that genome hacking could reverse-engineer a woolly mammoth back to life?

Click? Yes, but beware: the article contains an artist's portrait of a woolly so personable that its charming visage may melt your heart...plus, a photo of a mammoth's hank of hair which to my eye closely favors "that thing on Donald Trump's head," as David Letterman often calls it.

Well, maybe it's just me but I don't think so!

Yet be that as it may or may not be, here's a brand new Ode to a Woolly Mammoth for you to consider. No, it won't melt your heart one iota but writing fussy Odes does much to express my many misgivings about the ultimate intelligence of cloning such a colossal creature from its Ice Age DNA into our Global Warming Age.

Brought back to life after 10,000 years, he's sure to be more than a little out-of-sync, y'know? And mega-grumpy and super-hungry, one imagines:

A sleeping pill for woolly mammoths
never has been needed
now Science wants to wake them up
all common sense unheeded.

jc 2011

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