Colos Biogenetics Research has raised $15 million to revive the mammoth. Scientists say the first calves to take part in the fight against climate change could come within six years.
It has been said in the past that prehistoric mammals would be cloned based on DNA obtained from their remains and thus revived. There have already been attempts to do this, and animal cloning has begun to be on the verge of extinction.
He has now raised $15 million with Kolos as part of a project of which he is a part
A mammoth-feel mixture will be created.
In essence, they would create embryos in lab conditions that would carry some of their bulky DNA. As a first step, Asian elephants, now near extinction, which are close relatives of the mammoth, are being sampled and “reprogrammed” in such a way that the mammoth inheritance is part of them.
This will primarily lead to the implantation of genes responsible for mammoth hair, adipose tissue, and adaptation to cold climates in general. The embryos thus created are then implanted into a female elephant or an artificial uterus.
If all goes according to plan, scientists say the first mammoth calves could be born within six years.
“Our goal is to create a cold-resistant elephant that looks and behaves like mammoths. Not because we want to make fun of anyone, but because we want to create a creature that is functionally similar to mammoths, does well at -40 degrees, and does everything that mammoths and elephants do, like knock down trees.” George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard University Watchman.
The project also serves the survival of Asian elephants, which could thus become well established in areas beyond the Arctic Circle. And this, according to scientists, is finally
It can also contribute to the fight against climate change.
This is because animals can help restore wildlife in the tundra. From logging, for example, it is hoped that, over time, the grassy areas, referred to as the Mammoth Plains, will return to their former state outside the Arctic Circle.
On the other hand, other scientists doubt that the deployment of giant elephants will be enough to change the Arctic regions. The experiment must be conducted on a large scale. “Hundreds of thousands of mammoths would be needed to have a gestation period of 22 months and reach adulthood in 30 years,” said Victoria Heridge, an evolutionary biologist at the British Museum of Natural History. Or, if the experiment came true, it would be a big question whether Asian elephants wanted to mate with artificial mammoths.
They may need a little shaving for this
Said George Church.
Meanwhile, Gareth Phoenix, a professor at the University of Sheffield, warned that reviving the mammoth could have negative consequences. Their resurgence in permafrost areas may also involve trampling on algae that protects the soil from thawing. The same goes for trees, he explained, which protects them in densely forested areas from melting.
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