Scientists Want to Bring Extinct Animals Back to Life

Published September 23rd, 2021 - 08:57 GMT
scientists claim the ability to bring back extinct animals to live including Woolly Mammoth
Woolly Mammoth. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
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Woolly Mammoths may be brought back to life soon.

In a unique and surprising announcement, scientists revealed that they are now planning to bring back to life certain animals which have been extinct for thousands of years including Woolly Mammoth.

Many questions have been raised and a huge debate kicked off on social media since the announcement of the $15 million plan was suggested by geneticists, led by Harvard Medical School's George Church. However, the big question remains: “How is it even possible?”

Scientists showed huge ambition toward this plan as they most likely to start their trial with Woolly Mammoth, which disappeared 4,000 years ago, adding that it is possible to collect extinct animals’ DNA using bones and carcasses of long-dead animals.

Moreover, they revealed that their mission is not particularly restricted to bringing woolly mammoths to life, but to make, through genetic engineering, a living, walking elephant-mammoth hybrid that would be visually indistinguishable from its extinct forerunner.

The tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm, who with Church has co-founded Colossal, a bioscience and genetics company to back the project said: "Our goal is to have our first calves in the next four to six years."

On the other hand, some social media users have blasted the idea saying it would be more important to protect nowadays’ animals which are in danger of being extinct using this amount of money. While another person couldn’t absorb the idea said: “It doesn’t make any sense!.”

About Woolly Mammoth:

The woolly mammoth is a species of mammoth that lived during the Pleistocene until its extinction in the Holocene epoch. It was one of the last in a line of mammoth species, beginning with Mammuthus subplanifrons in the early Pliocene.

The woolly mammoth began to diverge from the steppe mammoth about 800,000 years ago in East Asia. Its closest extant relative is the Asian elephant. DNA studies show that the Columbian mammoth was a hybrid between woolly mammoths and another lineage descended from steppe mammoths.


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