enormous , An American company has launched an ambitious project: to restore The extinct woolly mammoth through genetic engineering. The long-toothed Ice Age giant can return to its natural habitat In just 6 years, As a mixture of elephant found.
The woolly mammoth became extinct most often in the last 10,000 years, and the last specimens were recorded until about 4,000 years ago.
However, genetically speaking, the mammoth is very similar to the Asian elephant. “The Asian elephant is an endangered species. That is why we want to conserve itSaid Geoge Church, project leader.
Colossal will seek to make an Asian elephant with mammoth-like characteristics, genetically modified as a hybrid, so it can withstand freezing temperatures. The idea is for the mammoth to become part of a long-term plan to return the tundra to its prehistoric state of grasses, rather than trees.
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The project has been around for years, but they didn’t get enough money to get it done. Now the project budget is $15 million, coming from a variety of investors, including the two twin brothers. Winklevoss, known for being the one who filed a lawsuit against the authorship of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and 2004.
George Church, a Harvard University professor and pioneer in personal genomics and synthetic biology, considered that the desire to revive the woolly mammoth was “Mostly a dream” so far.
However, it is now estimated that Colossal can It takes less than six years to make a young calfChurch said.
He explained that the schedule was “aggressive.” “When people would ask me about the prospect of the project, I would answer, ‘I have no idea. Professor said.
The creators of the project believe that Arctic inhabited woolly mammoths could slow global warming, Slowing the thawing of permafrost, where methane is currently trapped.
“Beyond the astonishment of ‘bringing life’ back to an extinct past, showing that this technology could be the start of something important. These same technologies can solve a wide range of human problems,” the researchers told US media.
Synthetic biology will allow us to create New ways of life can tackle massive problemsFrom cleaning oil and plastics to carbon sequestration and more. They added that the tissue rejection solution and the artificial uterus will help improve and prolong the lives of all human beings.”