BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A team of researchers from Harvard claimed they might be able to bring the woolly mammoth back to life. This is a brave attempt which many scientists have tried to achieve, so the general acclaim which followed this news was understandable. In fact, a billionaire wanted to assure the researchers’ success, and offered them $100,000.
Financial support for woolly mammoths
Woolly mammoths have disappeared around 4,000 years ago, but we might see them again roaming this planet. Harvard researchers think they might take DNA from the elephant and use it to bring back the extinct beast. If they have the necessary technology, they think it might take them around two years to revive the animal.
Fortunately, their plan is now closer to reality than ever. An American billionaire wanted to make sure they can benefit from advanced mechanisms, so he gave them a boost to help in their research. The billionaire in question is the founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, who decided to support their effort with $100,000.
Mixing mammoth DNA with elephant cells
What researchers would obtain after their experiments are ready would be a mammophant, namely a hybrid creature with traits from both woolly mammoths and elephants. Short ears, woolly hair, and plenty of fat layers would be what it would share with a mammoth. In fact, the creature would actually be an elephant with several mammoth features.
The project was started in 2015 and, since then, they were able to integrate 45 genes from woolly mammoths into elephant cells. They called this process “de-extinction”, and is actually achievable, since genetic engineering technology is now more advanced.
If the reviving process of woolly mammoths is successful, researchers will be able to apply the same techniques on other extinct animals. These mechanisms are incredibly productive, since they allow scientists use millennia-old DNA preserved in ice.
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