Leave it to someone from Russia to casually mention the cloning of a 3,000-year-old nomadic warrior tribe. It may lead you to think that they are talking about bringing the elders back to life, but cloning is not like that. Besides the fact that human cloning is currently illegal. It would only mean that Russia wants to artificially cultivate humans using DNA from an ancient tribe.
The absurd notion was raised by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. He hinted that the country may consider cloning a group of nomadic warriors frozen to the ground in Siberia. Shoigu hinted at the idea during a meeting with the Russian Geographical Society in mid-April. He said “it would be possible to do something with it, if not Dolly the Sheep”.
The “he” Shoigu mentioned so calmly and casually is the cloning of a tribe of ancient nomadic warriors called the Scythian warriors. The Scythians were a group of nomadic warriors and people who lived between the 9th and 2nd or 1st centuries BCE. It is believed that the origins of the Scythians came from the region between northern Mongolia and Iran. The tribe eventually moved north to Siberia, but was known to roam large swathes of Eurasia.
Scythian remains were discovered two decades ago by archaeologists while investigating the Tuva region of Siberia. The cold and frosty nature of the area has helped to maintain the remains and most of the biological material is well preserved. You would need a good batch of biological material if you are planning to clone anything.
Shoigu added, “We have already carried out several expeditions there, it is a big international expedition. A lot has been confirmed, but there is still a lot to do ”. Human cloning is almost impossible, but we have already successfully cloned some endangered animal species.
Then there is also the moral aspect of human cloning. Many ethical and moral concerns arise regarding human cloning and it is currently illegal to even attempt to do so. The National Human Genome Research Institute has already debunked the idea by saying that “human cloning always seems to be fiction.”
Saving endangered species is one thing. Earth already has too many humans.