This isn’t “Cenozoic Park,” a sequel to “Jurassic Park.”
A company is really trying to bring long-extinct animals back to life.
Scientists and entrepreneurs announced that they are going to bring back the woolly mammoth, The New York Times reported.
The company, appropriately named Colossal, is hoping to put thousands of mammoths into the Siberian tundra.
“This is a major milestone for us,” George Church, Harvard Medical School biologist said, according to the Times. “It’s going to make all the difference in the world.”
So far the company has received $15 million in funding for research and experiments.
Before the announcement of the new funding, they had received about $100,000 over the past 15 years, CNBC reported.
The mammoth will be an altered form and could help repair the Arctic tundra ecosystem and mitigate the climate crisis. It would also help the Asian elephant, a relative of the mammoth that is endangered.
“Our goal is in the successful de-extinction of inter-breedable herds of mammoths that we can leverage in the rewilding of the Arctic. And then we want to leverage those technologies for what we’re calling thoughtful, disruptive conservation,” Ben Lamm, Colossal’s CEO, told CNBC.
The idea isn’t new.
Scientists have cloned endangered animals before and have sequenced DNA from remains left from dead animals and extinct species, CNN reported.
The team isn’t planning to clone the woolly mammoth. The DNA they’ve recovered is frozen in permafrost and fragmented. But they will use genetic engineering to make an elephant-mammoth hybrid that would resemble the extinct woolly mammoth, CNN reported.
They said they could create the first animals in about six years, CNBC reported.
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