Amazing science and new financing have set a groundbreaking initiative in action, allowing lab-made woolly mammoths to wander the Earth once more. Scientists want to restore calves to the wild in the Arctic within six years, tens of thousands of years after the massive beasts vanished from the environment. According to The Guardian, the breakthrough occurred when mega-rich businessman Ben Lamm and business partner George Church secured £11 million for the project.
Colossal, founded by Lamm and Church, specializes in DNA editing software scientists will use to resurrect the woolly mammoths from tens of thousands of years-old tombs.
According to the statement made on Monday, efforts to reintroduce the extinct creatures into the wild might become a reality within the next decade.
Scientists will develop the elephant-mammoth hybrid by mating embryos with mammoth DNA in a lab. Skin cells from Asian elephants on the verge of extinction will be reprogrammed into stem cells capable of containing mammoth DNA. Are you still with me?
Then, by comparing material found in permafrost animals, scientists will determine the right genes responsible for mammoth hair and fat layers.
Surrogate moms or even artificial wombs may then carry such embryos. Church told The Guardian that his goal was to develop mammoths that could live in the Arctic while being derived from Asian elephants adapted to warm climates. “Our objective is to create a cold-resistant elephant, but it will appear and behave like a mammoth,” he explained.
“Not to deceive anyone, but because we want something functionally similar to the mammoth that will enjoy its time at -40C. And do everything elephants and mammoths do, including knocking down trees. “Our objective isn’t simply to reintroduce the mammoth, but to reintroduce interbreedable herds that are successfully rewilded back into the Arctic region,” Lamm continued. It is unknown if the mammoths will be able to mate with current elephant species. “We might have to give them a little shave,” Church remarked.”
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