Hominid and Alien De-Extinction | Summary and Q&A

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March 26, 2022
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John Michael Godier
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Hominid and Alien De-Extinction

TL;DR

Frozen organisms, like the 57,000-year-old mummified wolf and Otzi the iceman, highlight the potential for long-term preservation in permafrost. This raises questions about extracting DNA from frozen archaic humans and the potential dangers of viruses being preserved and transmitted.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How long can life be preserved in permafrost?

Life can be preserved for tens of thousands of years in permafrost, as evidenced by the ancient wolf and Otzi the iceman.

Q: Can DNA be extracted from frozen archaic humans?

DNA extraction from frozen archaic humans is possible, as seen with the extraction of Denisovan DNA from cave bones. This may provide insights into their genetic makeup and relationships with other human species.

Q: Is de-extinction of ancient species possible?

De-extinction techniques like genome editing, selective breeding, and cloning offer possibilities for bringing back recently extinct species. However, challenges remain, such as the lack of male DNA and technological limitations.

Q: What are the dangers of viruses preserved in frozen bodies?

Viruses can survive long-term freezing, and the discovery of plant viruses in glaciers suggests the possibility of virus preservation. If a virus-infected frozen Denisovan or alien body is found, there could be risks of transmission to modern humans.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Our world can preserve life through fossilization and freezing. Notable examples include frozen mammoths and the ancient wolf found in the thawing permafrost in Canada.

  • Otzi the iceman, a 5,000-year-old human found in glacial ice, provides evidence of long-term preservation and the possibility of extracting ancient DNA and studying their characteristics.

  • There is a potential risk of viruses, capable of infecting humans, surviving and being transmitted if a virus-infected frozen Denisovan or alien body is discovered.

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