Scientists reincarnate the woolly mammoth to return in 4 years

Scientists reincarnate the woolly mammoth to return in 4 years


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  • Colossal recently added $60 million in funding to head towards 2027 the extinction of the woolly mammoth.

  • The Dallas-based company is now working on edit the genes for the reincarnation of the mammal.

  • Colossal planned to reintroduce the woolly mammoth to Russia, but that could change.

The long-dead woolly mammoth will return from extinction by 2027, says colossalthe biotech company actively working on the reincarnation of the ancient beast.

Last year, the Dallas-based company secured an additional $60 million in funding to continue its mammoth gene-editing work begun in 2021. If successful, Colossal will not only bring back an extinct species, one that the company’s drug-resistant elephant has become — but it will also reintroduce the woolly mammoth back into the same ecosystem it once lived in in an effort to combat climate change, according to a recent Medium after.

Colossal calls the woolly mammoth’s massive migratory patterns an active part of preserving the health of the Arctic, and so reviving the animal could have a beneficial impact on the health of the world’s ecosystem. While Colossal originally hoped to reintroduce the woolly mammoth to Siberia, the company may explore other options based on the current political framework of the world.

The woolly mammoth’s DNA is 99.6 percent similar to that of the Asian elephant, leading Colossal to believe it is well on its way to achieving its goal. “In the minds of many, this creature is gone forever,” the company said say. “But not in the minds of our scientists, nor in the laboratories of our company. We are already working towards the extinction of the Woolly Mammoth. Our teams have collected viable DNA samples and are editing the genes that will allow this magnificent megafauna to rumble through the Arctic again.”

Through gene editing, Colossal scientists will eventually create an embryo of a woolly mammoth. They will place the embryo in an African elephant to take advantage of its size and make it give birth to the new woolly mammoth. The ultimate goal is to then repopulate parts of the Arctic with the new woolly mammoth and bolster local plant life with the beast’s migration patterns and feeding habits.

If Colossal manages to reincarnate the woolly mammoth, ditto the thylacinealso known as the Tasmanian tiger, expect a variety of new ones ethical questions to stand up on how to deal with the creature and possible reintroduction issues.

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