Let's talk about cloning condors and black-footed ferrets....

Feb 20, 2021
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  • Yea but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could they never stopped think about whether or not they should..and now before you even realize what you've done you want to patent it, and package it, and slap it on a plastic lunchbox and you wanna (slams fist on table) sell it! You're gonna (slams fist on table again) sell it!

    DJRYDJRY6 hours ago
  • I had an all out argument this past weekend that, humanity might go extinct and the earth will go on without us. It was met with, well, that's nihilist. AND YET, that person votes for policies that are detrimental!!! If THAT'S not nihilism I don't know what is.

    Lisa DixonLisa DixonDay ago
  • Thing is, under a certain # of individuals in a population, is not going to recover the species. It's gonna lead to inbreeding and deleterious mutations and a homogenous population. It falls into an extinction vortex. It's a novelty but not a solution. And, it detracts from actual conservation efforts to preserve habitat, etc.

    Lisa DixonLisa DixonDay ago
  • Yep, too many, don't understand, environmentalism, isn't about saying the planet, it's about, saving the environment, humans can't live without.

    waswestkanwaswestkanDay ago
  • John Hammond is the character played by David Attenborough's brother the director/actor Richard Attenborough.

    James Faulkner IIJames Faulkner II2 days ago
  • I would venture to go a little further. They crucified Kevorkian.....we are so compassionate that we will put down a beloved pet but yet let a human being suffer with a incurable disease and in pain....

    SSCSSC2 days ago
  • We really should be having those conversations about protecting species before they become endangered. for one thing, it is hugely cheaper to protect a species when it is common and so prevent it from becoming rare, than it is to hold a species back from the brink of extinction once it has already gotten close to that edge.

    A Birding NaturalistA Birding Naturalist3 days ago
  • The vaccine thing... Ferrets are actually the go-to animals for use when studying human repiratory viruses. I don't really remember why, but do remember someone who knew the details explaining why and it making perfect sense ;) So, yeah, it is sensible that the few black-footed ferrets still alive got vaccinated. We have sacrificed quite a few of their cousins getting to the point where we can make those vaccines, so fair.

    Travis CollierTravis Collier3 days ago
  • Unfortunately this method will most likely never work for dinosaurs. Wooly mammoths sure. DNA degrades over time and after about 10,000 years is no longer useful for this purpose. Reverse engineering and selectively breeding birds is more likely to bring back dinosaurs.

    CBCB3 days ago
  • In 7th grade, my daughter did a research project on the Prairie Dog. She was horrified initially that black footed ferrets are them. Mid research, she realized that the black footed ferrets were going extinct. It was an eye opening moment for her. They needed the ferrets to keep the prairie dogs healthy. By the end of her paper, it was more about conservation than prairie dogs. It was an excellent paper. She got a C in it because it was more about conservation than prairie dogs and her teacher was older and should have retried 10 years ago. She was devastated. She had never got a C before. I told her that she should be proud of that C. She learned so much about conservation and climate change. She wants to be a environmental engineer now.

    Kelly MaldiaKelly Maldia3 days ago
    • Congratulations on your daughter's paper. BF ferrets can eat prairie dogs, and there are several different important predators that regularly feed on p. dogs too, in addition to humans that regularly exterminate them. Perhaps the teacher gave her a specific assignment on a species, and could have given her extra credit for the conservation focus. I seriously doubt that all "older" teachers are biased and should retire. Maybe try spell check before posting too.

      E HE H2 days ago
  • Nice choose of tee shirts.

    David WhitcherDavid Whitcher3 days ago
  • And just like that we created space slaves.

    Sable BurdenSable Burden3 days ago
  • Thank you

    meefmeef4 days ago
  • There will be no Jurassic park. Not from "Dino DNA" anyway. Several paleontologists have spent the decades from the publishing of the book looking for it, and even found places it should be - T-Rex soft tissue without luck. It turns out that DNA doesn't survive for millions of years. Triggering atavisms in birds... now that's a different story.

    Christopher SchroederChristopher Schroeder4 days ago
  • Oh Beau, it's so easy to understand. Why can't you agree the Bible, Life, Liberty, Pursuit of profit, and Muh Freedumb?

    Mr. PavoneMr. Pavone4 days ago
  • I think this is kinda like the attitude about life insurance (not here to discuss the consept or need for life insurance I don't care enough to give it any consideration for the sake of this analogy) We kinda treat environmental concerns like people treat life insurance it's a another expenses "I could use that money and buy luxuries or invest/pay for other things" "I'm young I have plenty of time to make money" "it's not my problem when I'm dead" "I'm not going to die any time soon" disregarding that the possible struggles your family will have after your death or the idea that your end may come earlier. How will your family pay for your funeral? What if die while your kids are young how will your spouse handle it? Can they handle it? What if you and your spouse die? Can your kids handle it? What about the emotional, mental, and physical impact will they be able to afford to treat it? Will they be forced to live broken if they can't? We treat the idea of addressing environmental concerns like it's another expenses rather than an investment to alow our families to live a better life with or without us

    haveabloodydeathhaveabloodydeath4 days ago
  • Cloning opens up so many opportunities for humanity as a whole: Breakthroughs in medical tech, Food processing, and scientific discovery. With cloning tech, we could literally, take a singular cow that is the "ubermensch" of cows, and take it's genetic code, and just make the meat. Healthy, disease free, sustainable meat that no one would be able to tell the difference of. If someone loses a kidney, or an eye, or a limb, we can make a new one out of that person's own cells. We could change the way that factory farms function because we could "grow" food animal meat, instead of growing the animal for years, slaughtering it and sterilizing it. It would sanitize the farming and ranching industries because food products could be created without needing to mate, breed, raise, and vaccinate an animal. You could literally just grow the meat, and no animal would have to die, no PETA, no overburdened meat factories. Just, grow it.

    Adam FletcherAdam Fletcher4 days ago
  • Now they have to work on the jean pool of trumpers, most are inbred !!

    Dave FreyDave Frey4 days ago
  • im against cloning animals. but if it helps the planet then do it. i do hope they don't start cloning humans.

    MrGonzale09MrGonzale094 days ago
  • Take a regular ferret, dip their feet in black dye, and Presto!, black-footed ferret! The condors aren't that easy but I could probably build one out of a vulture and small Cessna, not sure if it would lay eggs, however.

    yoursotrulyyoursotruly4 days ago
  • Sadly the discussions being had when we're destroying the planet are usually being had between the CEOs of the companies responsible and the politicians they own so it usually (if we're lucky) ends with the smallest possible regulation or countermeasure so long as said CEO can continue to make his profits. The American capitalist society is SOOOOOO short sighted its dooming our future generations for a few bucks now, and since they never have to pay any serious consequences even after doing something disasterous they've never even looked back in hindsight to think "maybe that was bad so lets go another anouther route". Instead they just keep stepping forward a billion $ at a time without any ability to to think in the TRUE longterm, not 5, 10 or even 50 years from now. Try at least 100 years or 1k. They can't be bothered to be concerned for their own kids' or grandkids' future on this fragile rock let alone their grandkids' grandkids. People say progressive plans like the green new deal would destroy our country but what that means is it'll mean higher taxes and less profits for the rich, well I'm all for the country being a little poorer (and I work part time for $10/hr) if it means employing policies and changes that'll hopefully buy us at least another 5-10 generations on a liveable Earth. Funny how earth has been in existance for billions of years and in less than 1/100th of that time humans have brought it to nearly uninhabitable with the majority of said damage occurring in roughly 125 years, smh

    Mike KoteckiMike Kotecki4 days ago
  • Let's stop before the damage gets to that point. We are such parasites on this planet. 🌎☘

    MichelMichel4 days ago
  • Solid Jurassic Park Quote and shirt! :)

    S DS D4 days ago
  • I just saw a flock of California Condors flying over Blythe,CA the other day.

    ACEDIAMOND666ACEDIAMOND6665 days ago
  • It’s arrogance.

    Conversations From the FringeConversations From the Fringe5 days ago
  • Excellent video, Beau. Love the focus on the environment lately. It'll be the *great equalizer* if we continue down this path.

    Jonathon WhiteJonathon White5 days ago
  • One issue not understood is diversity is not really understood. As our understanding of DNA gets better, once we can mathematically project and chart diversity, cloning will no longer be the term used to describe species recreation. Regenesis.

    liberal Rationalistliberal Rationalist5 days ago
  • I cannot recommend enough Dr Robin Wall Kimmerer's book "Braiding Sweetgrass". It makes the argument that we are nature, and nature is us.

    Andrea RepettoAndrea Repetto5 days ago
  • I think the vegan argument is not included some how.

    furynotesfurynotes5 days ago
  • Hearing you repeat the description "Late 1900's" made me feel every single one of the 1.1 billion seconds I've been alive for...

    benny_lemonbenny_lemon5 days ago
  • What theme park??? The Ark one with the dinosaurs??

    graffic13graffic135 days ago
  • Very good points my friend! Think of actions, before the vanishings of so called lesser species. I wish board members would go extinct.

    Tina McLaughlinTina McLaughlin5 days ago
  • Next step "human clones".

    Phyllis BonnerPhyllis Bonner5 days ago
  • Your shirt is perfect today.

    Ashley FoxAshley Fox5 days ago
  • Where are the ethical questions before humans drive other species into extinction?

    Jessie Diane RyanJessie Diane Ryan5 days ago
  • I'm personally enthusiastic about both using the tools we have for de-extinction but also using them to course correct climate change and devastation wrought by humans. It's absolutely worth discussing the ethics, dangers and practical concerns taking such steps pose. Scientists mostly seem on the ball regarding this, I just get worried when it becomes a question of making money.

    vincentmuyovincentmuyo5 days ago
  • "Dook" "Clever girl..."

    vincentmuyovincentmuyo5 days ago
  • I would to hear your thoughts on James Lovelocks theory on how to save humanity.

    Leah AlfonsoLeah Alfonso5 days ago
  • Support Global Warming - restore dinosaurs to their rightful place!

    Shawn CarrollShawn Carroll5 days ago
  • Anyone else have this recollection of a film by the name of "WallE" ?

    Gordon ShafferGordon Shaffer5 days ago
  • Wait wait wait....diversity in genome.....Evolution. Good! Rings a mighty bell with free market capitalism. Yet an external force made this ferret almost extinct. However regulation has brought them back. Some help me please make the link here.

    Cori ReamCori Ream5 days ago
  • 😁usworlds.info/slow/video/iaFhjqTZb2WtjYM

    Toutai PaluToutai Palu5 days ago
  • Clone American Buffalo and Crisper edit the bucilosis out of them and put them back on the planes!!!!!!

    Ellen LandowskiEllen Landowski5 days ago
  • There is the elephant in the room "The Earth is going to be fine, we may not survive"

    pcdreams1pcdreams15 days ago
  • The test run of cloning has been going on for a while. It’s kept secret in many places. I won’t put it pass them to be splicing the genes trying to make a better ferret, like they have done with our food. Thank them gene splicing fools for the increase in diabetes, cancer, obesity, and other food born allergies. Man/mad scientists are going to destroy this planet. One wrong gene slice as we can see from COVID-19 can wipe out the so call most intelligent being on this planet. For all of you who don’t think COVID didn’t have the scientific community hand and it, do some more research on line.

    nessay720nessay7205 days ago
  • This guy is good!!

    John PilleyJohn Pilley5 days ago
  • as the mayor of miami once said, "The sea dosnt care if youre a Democrat, or Republican. The only thing the sea knows how to do is rise."

    Rexini KobaltRexini Kobalt5 days ago
    • pretty sure i misquoted but u get the idea

      Rexini KobaltRexini Kobalt5 days ago
  • Can we clone another extinct species? How about good republicans like Bob Dole. That species definitely needs at least a few non inbreed members.

    Christopher HouseChristopher House6 days ago
  • Veganism is an ethical choice to not destroy the planet but people hate vegans.

    Black Lit. Black Hist.Black Lit. Black Hist.6 days ago
  • HEY!~ Beau, not Beau. A great person to talk about this with is Oliver Hauck, Head of the Environmental Law Dept. at Tulane Law School. He can explain concisely how/when laws in the south have been manipulated. Especially ask about the fight against aggregate damage to env.

    Neverman Is HereNeverman Is Here6 days ago
  • If you want to know how AI could run amok, just look at capitalism. When you let a machine with one purpose (mathematical addition), in this case capitalism, make the bottom line decisions, you end up with the sustenance of life going to the back burner. We will not survive as long as capitalism is running (*ruining) things...

    jason bennettjason bennett6 days ago
  • We need to leave nature alone. Our extinction is inevitable and the planet will heal itself and life will flourish again without us.

    Eric SilbersteinEric Silberstein6 days ago
  • diversity is crucial to the survival of a species. some humans need to learn that.

    sydandtaytumsydandtaytum6 days ago
  • “The Seven Ferrets”. What a great name for a pub!

    Betty SwallocksBetty Swallocks6 days ago
  • Seen some condors flying over Acapulco Bay once. They are huge, I first actually thought they were small planes. 14 foot wing span's something.

    Ron StanekRon Stanek6 days ago
  • This is a GREAT one, Beau. I bet you know that. ;-}

    moondog548moondog5486 days ago
  • And the religious just keep praying, knowing that their god has given them “dominance” over this planet. That this is all “planned” so we humans shouldn’t do anything but pray because THAT always helps so much.

    Lori WLori W6 days ago
  • It makes a change from the right wing promising unicorns

    Philip PrattPhilip Pratt6 days ago
  • Human shortsightedness.

    James MorganJames Morgan6 days ago
  • The human race is already doomed if it continues to attempt to solve its problems with violence. It's only a matter of time. Glad I'm in my late 60s. I will miss the coming Mad Max era entirely.

    Zizi RobertsZizi Roberts6 days ago
  • Social media will change it all. Voices will now be heard.

    bootsofescaping01bootsofescaping016 days ago
  • Can’t bring back dinosaurs sadly, Pleistocene Park, however, is being worked on.

    Gavan WilhiteGavan Wilhite6 days ago
    • @monica luketich Indeed. Though the DNA of the stereotypical Jurassic variety is too far gone.

      Gavan WilhiteGavan Wilhite5 days ago
    • Actual, not all dinosaurs died. We have birds - and they are the direct descendants of dinosaurs.

      monica luketichmonica luketich5 days ago
  • Salutations for another wonderful thought!!! Beau "thoughts" are never just "just" when they come from you.

    Michele RieffMichele Rieff6 days ago
  • How do you prevent inbreeding with clones? It seems that genetic diversity is not possible.

    Eric ColeEric Cole6 days ago
  • I don’t think those with money and power care what happens to earth or the people and other forms of life on it... I think they hope to leave on the rockets they’re building once they’ve pillaged all they can here.

    J JJ J6 days ago
  • Always I believed this. It is not the planet it's a jeopardy, that's just a way of pretending that we are not.

    Karen LoudenKaren Louden6 days ago
  • Fuk you all I’m with SMEDLY BUTLER

    Sovereign BrandSovereign Brand6 days ago
  • When the magnetic poles change and we are tossed into another extinction event we will fight for survival! Texas will be in trouble!

    Charles HenryCharles Henry6 days ago
  • My ethical conversation is about eradicating the invasive species destroying more native species than any other on the planet ; Humans. I call for the complete eradication of this parasitic species for the sake of all other creatures that have managed to survive their onslaught. And good riddance.

    KUTTR-KUTTR-6 days ago
  • Did you just call my momma... "A" Black~Footed~Ferret??? That makes me... 1/2 BFF??? i ALL WAYS liked ferrets. Welcome to the family... beau. knOw1...

    knOw1knOw16 days ago
  • Thank you so much for this video. I love you! I wish more people had empathy and realized how much damage we are doing. I have had others say to me things like, "I hate sharks. I don't care if they kill them all." I inform them that even if they feel that way, the fact is that the ecosystem needs them. If our oceans' ecosystems fall, it will destroy the largest area of the world that the air we breathe comes from. We aren't just killing off other species, we are killing ours, as well. On a side note, a friend of mine saw someone in a little convenience store around the corner from us who had their ferret with them. I wish I had been there so I could inform them that ferrets easily catch things like this from us. If you have a cold, you need to be super careful because ferrets can catch it from you and die from it. It's sad, but a lot of people who get them don't know that.

    Mermaid_at_HeartMermaid_at_Heart6 days ago
  • 👏🏽💯

    Jaime MarjanovichJaime Marjanovich6 days ago
  • As a child in the ‘60’s I was walking along a creek bank in Wyoming and saw a small weasel-like creature running up the bank and through the willows. I later described it to my friend and his eyes widened and he said “ You just saw a Black footed ferret, they are supposed to be extinct!”. There was no internet then and no cell phone cameras back then so we had no way to really research it and we just sort of forgot about it. Fast forward to the rancher discovering them on his ranch and I finally got to see a photo of one. I am certain that is what I saw as a child. I was very happy to know they weren’t extinct and to confirm my sighting.

    tomcoryelltomcoryell6 days ago
  • Condors used to be native to the Columbia Gorge on the border of Oregon and Washington. There were plans to reintroduce them into the Gorge in order to help save the species. Then they built the god damn wind farms. When I moved to the Columbia Hills in 2000, EVERY time I looked up, I'd see hawks and eagles circling in the sky. When I drove down the country road flanking the Columbia Hills, it seemed as if there was a raptor on every telephone pole and fencepost. Then they built the wind farms. The raptors vanished, totally vanished, exterminated by the blades of the wind turbines. And you know what? They never reintroduced condors into the Columbia Gorge. Gee, I wonder why.

    ZeitgeistZeitgeist6 days ago
  • ...exactly

    Vera FernandesVera Fernandes6 days ago
  • I would not worry over much about the planet,if we keep this up the earth will just shake us off like water off a dog and will just continue on altered but not for long in a geological sense. We are the ones who are not essential for its continued existence.

    A CA C6 days ago
  • Yes Beua, but like the British Safari Hunter in the movie you personally have the skills to protect yourself not everyone is equally well-equipped. LOL

    Jane BirdsongJane Birdsong6 days ago
  • Perhaps we should constrict the gene pool of the ranching industry who helped destroy them. The destruction we have wrought is immeasurable.

    Paul WheelerPaul Wheeler6 days ago
  • I would also love to go to EPCOT

    Alex CereucetaAlex Cereuceta6 days ago
  • The "we kill the planet" is viable since we endangered the atmosphere. We risk overheating the planet which means drinking water is getting scares which not only endangers us but most living creatures. Sure the majority of humans will die long before the planet becomes actually inhabitable for most creatures and us humans greatly diminished will slow down the process provided we don't find solutions to restore what we broke in the last 100+ years. Ok the PLANET will likely not break into bits and pieces and there are likely microbes that will survive in extreme conditions and might even start a second evolution and who knows with creatures who develop self-awareness and language and start this craziness all over again. Of coarse with salt water in thee oceans still in existence, plants may reclaim the deserts and earth will recover sooner than expected without us humans. Self-centered as we are: this wouldn't be our earth anymore. :)

    Silke SchümannSilke Schümann6 days ago
  • Having been born in the mid 1900's and knowing that in a while I'll be exiting stage left relatively soon, it is my hope that those born after will take care to water the plants and see to the critters. Its a nice place despite all the mess, please enjoy it and care for it.

    Bruce RerekBruce Rerek6 days ago
  • My kids say "You mean back in the 1900's?", they way I say "back in the 1800's." :(

    JuliJuli6 days ago
  • Jurassic Park was an inside job!

    Carl SiemensCarl Siemens6 days ago
  • The absolute arrogance of humans believing we know what this planet is supposed to be, what animals deserve "saving" and which we let go extinct, what climate is "normal" and how "fault" is rendered. Climates change, species are born, species die out, and yet in our arrogant way, we believe we are in control of such things.

    Uncle BeardoUncle Beardo6 days ago
  • I have a degree in genetics and microbiology. These ethical questions have been discussed. In almost every class ethics was brought up by the teacher or student. Scientist don't have control over the world views or the masses... so we save what we can, inform who we can, and speak when someone is listening. A battle that we are loosing. :-(

    RottingboardsRottingboards6 days ago
  • and so much of the objections come in some fashion from the mystical believers. those like my father that believed that the earth is here to be used up by us and then the rapture would take all the worthy and leave earth behind. talk about weird shity thinking,... if that is the source of the ethics, then lets find something else like "keeping the planet for life" as a source of ethics,... so yup Beau I agree.

    Daniel WahlDaniel Wahl6 days ago
  • The movie "The Day The Earth Stood Still"

    Deana DeanDeana Dean6 days ago
  • Waxing philosophically here, I'd say there is really one defining factor that results in the true progress of mankind since the days of H. erectus. When people work together, great things happen. When people work against one another, take for themselves and divide others to improve their own status, ....that which has been built up, degrades, crumbles and falls. Humanity is on a great threshold like none other in history. We have all we need, knowledge and capacity to work together to prosper and come into balance with our environment or lose it all. With balance achieved, there are few limits as to what can be accomplished. We can go out into the universe and spread life, consciousness and stewardship for lightyears in all directions. As it stands, we still have people that actively work to undermine basic truth, democracy and protections of the very home that gave us life. To roughly quote Beau of the Fifth Column, "We have to work towards Star Trek or we'll end up with Mad Max". Sound advise.

    Jon MarsJon Mars6 days ago
  • It is that simple.

    zar dozzar doz6 days ago
  • I know this may be off topic I commented on another video of his but does anybody else realize how much he sounds like heath ledger’s joker he probably doesn’t realize how talented he is

    animestyle92animestyle926 days ago
  • The planet is dying. Species are going extinct every day. Greed is the death of us all.

    Bill MorseBill Morse6 days ago
  • We should start cleaning bees 🐝, bees are the most important species for our survival because they pollinate plants on earth and therefore aid in human survival

    NOXISUMNOXISUM6 days ago
  • In fallout they would be considered synths

    NOXISUMNOXISUM6 days ago
  • When the highest ethical consideration is the preservation of something so vast as the ability for the planet to support life, can one argue eco terrorism - say against fossil fuel processing and distribution bottlenecks is unethical?

    J WellJ Well6 days ago
  • As long as Sam Neill is alive we have nothing to fear.

    Victor AndersenVictor Andersen6 days ago
  • Thank you for saying that the planet will continue on regardless what we do. What we are REALLY talking about is whether it will sustain our species and when do we start caring about that? Watching other species go extinct is our warning bells.

    Beth SchiemerBeth Schiemer6 days ago
  • We’re quickly killing off all the real or imagined threats to our survival, while ignoring the little things. Like bacteria, viruses, prions - which also are geared for survival. Anti- vax, anyone?

    Judith GockelJudith Gockel6 days ago
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Much cheaper and better to prevent so many species of plants and animals from the edge of extinction going extinct than to try to bring them back later to see or to maintain ecosystems (if we are still around to do it). I'm not so into the idea of bringing back animals that went extinct so long ago without our assistance in their demise. They likely no longer fit in our general situation here, and we don't know what all they needed from their own time to bring it back as well, and many current species could be displaced for them. But bringing back as much as we can since we ourselves began exterminating them in various ways, (wanton killing sprees, habitat destruction and such) could be desirable and good----if we can maintain balance and give them a decent life in that process. I'm a Texan and would love to see an Ivory-billed woodpecker again. I may not have seen one in the first place in East Texas, if my daddy was wrong about the one he pointed out, while telling me they are almost gone. I was only three years old or so, and it could have just been a Pileated woodpecker pecking a hole in the light pole that day. It was in the early 70's, and chances are it was a Pileated woodpecker. Ivory-billed woodpeckers needed 2,000 acres of old growth forests per breeding pair to live right and do their thing, if I recall, so that's a problem---and global warming is going to put most of their original niche under water in a century or so. It would probably just be shitty and nothing more to make them go through losing ground again along with us.

    Andi AmadorAndi Amador6 days ago
  • The problem is a V. There is no preservation of LIVES if preservation of LIES continue. Big fan of the channel.

    pixlotpixlot6 days ago
  • Harvest time!

    robert smithrobert smith6 days ago