Science: Mammoths must be brought back to life – as we know, science never stands still. Now researchers are ready to do something that sounds more than crazy: They want to bring back an animal that has been extinct for several thousand years – the woolly mammoth.
According to frequent media reports, Colossal, a company specializing in genetic research, wants to implement this strange project. With a budget of about $15 million. The researchers plan to take giant DNA from the eternal ice and cross it with Asian elephants.
First giant elephant baby in six years?
Embryos must be carried either artificially or by the mother animals themselves. Researchers expect their first baby mammoth elephant to be “made” in the next six years. George Church, Harvard professor and co-founder of Colossal, said, “Guardian“:
“Our goal is to make a cold-resistant elephant, but it will look and act like a giant. Not because we’re trying to deceive someone, but because we want something that’s functionally equivalent to a giant.” Ho. An animal that enjoys its time at minus 40 degrees and does all the things that elephants and mammoths do—especially pushing trees.”
Mammut 2.0 for the Arctic Tundra
If the project is successful, the researchers want to move their giant 2.0 to the tundra south of the Arctic. For the participating scientists, the success of the revived mammoth will also be a service to the environment. According to this, not only would the highly endangered population of Asian elephants be reared, but potentially giant hybrids would also be good for the tundra habitat.
But there is also a lot of controversy regarding the revival of extinct animals. Time will tell whether we will see mammoths trampling Earth again in the near future, or whether it was just the passion of researchers.
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