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IN YOUR VIEW | Out Of The Past: Is attempt to 'resurrect' extinct woolly mammoth opening dangerous door?

September 16, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. | Updated September 16, 2021 at 8:30 p.m.

It sounds like something from the hit film "Jurassic Park."

But could things turn out as badly as in the film?

A new startup company called Colossal announced plans last week to use gene-editing technology to cross Asian elephants with extinct woolly mammoths to create a hybrid animal with more fur and body fat, along with smaller ears, capable of withstanding very cold climates.

The company, which calls the project and attempt to increase biodiversity, thinks it could produce the first hybrid calf by 2027.

While many hail this as an advancement for science, the announcement raised ethical concerns from some observers, who don't see any real benefit from the project and wonder just how far such gene-editing crossbreeding could go if it is successful.

We want to know what you think. Are you concerned about what could happen in the future if science pursues such a gene-editing venture? Or are you excited by the possibilities the technology could offer?

Send your response (50 words maximum) to [email protected] by Wednesday, September 22. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St, Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.

Last Week: How Far?

Last week's question was about a condemned Texas convict who believes he has the right to have his pastor lay hands on him and say prayers while he is being executed. State law doesn't allow that and the case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. How far should a state have to go to accommodate a condemned person's religious wishes? Should those wishes take precedence over state law or security concerns?


How many of the wishes of his victim were granted before being murdered?

He lost that right when he decided he was going to take another person's life how many other people find jailhouse religion and I'm speaking from experience the first two times I went to jail I found God too and lost him as soon as I left.

Seeing how he would be in a room behind closed if not even locked door. I think the laying of hands should be up to the pastor. I'm guessing he will not die from electric shock, if so then no one would be allowed to touch him during the final moment. Besides I'd bet he did not give his victim time for his/her pastor to pray with him/her in the end.

He wants mercy when he showed no mercy? That's a tough one. It will be interesting to see what the court says.

Yes give it to him.

After the conviction religion does not or should not interfere with the carrying out of the sentence. Execute him because that's the law.

He can say his prayers for mercy alone

If you know God then you know this man is still loved by Him. If that's his request, let him have it.

No, time for justice!

I think that the execution standard that has always been followed should continue. To allow this would set a precedent for others to request certain things based upon their religious beliefs.

Prisoners become Muslims for a free prayer rug and an extra meal at Ramadan. Then they revert back to Christianity at Christmas for the hard candy.

Did he care about the religious views of the person he killed? Then why should he have what he wants. He had a trial, convicted, sentenced. So just carry it out. The pastor can pray over his body if he so wishes.

I wonder if the spiritual advisor would be as eager if it was the electric chair? Separation of Church and State should be maintained.

Fry him with no hands!


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