Forming an Embryo Collection for Species Restoration

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Suppose zoos join a cooperative arrangement to form an emergency collection of transplantable mammal embryos. They would want to maintain diversity within species, which might be easy with the more common zoo animals and smaller creatures. It would be harder with endangered species, such as giant pandas, which are difficult to breed in captivity and rare in the wild. And it would be extremely difficult to obtain needed embryos for big species, such as elephants.

Very large animals are dangerous to work with. I can only imagine how hard it might be to collect sperm from an elephant bull ready for mating. Even removing eggs from an elephant cow in estrous would be a challenge. Though inseminating her ova in a laboratory might be possible.

Imagine getting a blue whale embryo. A narcolepsy on a female accidentally hit by a ship would be a possibility for obtaining a transplantable embryo. (We’ll leave the eventual implantation in a ready female for another blog.)

Perhaps the best way to form the difficult items would to manipulate the eggs of a smaller species and switch the DNA. The genome for a target animal might be sequenced by using a blood sample. That placed the whole exercise into the realm of science fiction. After all, that to a large extent where this discussion is leading.

In my survival tale presented in Adam’s New World, a group of survivors of a gigantic meteor catastrophe must use such a collection of embryos to restore mammals made extinct.  

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Adam emerges as a full-fledged superhero. Book II of Adam’s Chronicles begins where Adam’s Caverns left off, with a handful of adults and their closely related children. All over the battered planet they are restoring life almost totally wiped out by the massive meteor. People are caught in a tight genetic funnel. To thrive, the two groups of surviving humans must pool their genetic material and carefully plan the next generations.

Adam Boatwright leads the genetic engineering necessary to give survival diversity to both animals and humans. The highly intelligent apes are in the process of being integrated into society and are treated as hairy people. Some request that Adam modify their genetic lines to permit speech and make it easier to walk on two legs. Others want to live in the wild, without humans and mind enhancing chemicals. Conflicts must be resolved.

The new society begins its long growth spurt, but transportation by boat is too time consuming and too dangerous. Infrastructure building starts with salvaging planes and ships. Stored fuels are running too low for that to work, and scarce gasoline must be replaced.

All the while, life must be restored and Adam must keep secret his long life, thereby protecting the future from traffickers in immortality. Can he orchestrate it all while directing a handful of middle-aged survivors with very young children, all spread widely over the planet?

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The Adam’s Chronicles Series.

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Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

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All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

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