Bring back the mammoths!

September 15, 2021

Not so much like Jurassic Park and not quite like Przewalski’s horse, tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm and Harvard Medical School genetics professor George Church, have raised $15 million to resurrect the Woolly Mammoth.

Frozen mammoths are regularly found in the Siberian tundra. The conjecture is that some of them will still have viable, or readable DNA, and manipulating DNA is Dr. Church’s area of specialization.

Dr. Church, “feels that if he modified the genes of the woolly mammoth’s closest living relative, he could revive the species. That relative is the Asian elephant, though their link is distant. Their closest common ancestor lived six million years ago, but Dr. Church is confident that he can modify the genetics of the elephant to produce a woolly mammoth hybrid.” (My Modern Met)

How cool is that!?

Read more about it here and here.

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