Scientists have been tirelessly working to resurrect a creature that has been extinct for thousands of years, and thanks to scientists at Harvard University, they’ve taken a mammoth step closer to that goal.

Geneticists have been studying woolly mammoth DNA, looking for specific genes that separate them from elephants, such as the obvious ones such as hairiness and ear size.

Once these genes were discovered, the scientists were able to splice the genes with those of an elephant, creating the first live mammoth genes in more than 3,300 years – so far tests have only been done in labs.

According to The Telegraph, George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard University, has used a new technique that may sound familiar to any Jurassic Park fans out there. The process allows scientists to custom build/edit the DNA, replacing those of an elephant with the mammoth genes.

 

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12 thoughts on “Scientists Take Large Steps in ‘De-Extinction’ of Woolly Mammoth

    1. If they can make one, they can make enough mammoths for hunting which would generate enough income to support these scientists.

  1. They would be protected and I fear , kept in enclosures for everyone to gawk at their whole life. If science can’t produce a wild breeding herd , it would serve no purpose! Humanity doesn’t need another circus freak show!

  2. Isn’t there an ethical element to creating and re-introducing a fur-covered behemoth from the latest ice-age during a period of global warming where their native habitat is already shrinking?
    Sorry, I forgot this was science for the sake of science. Question answered.

      1. Um, last time I looked out my back door, I didn’t see a glacier parked on the back 40, so… Yeah, it’s colder than the last Ice Age. What’s the syndrome name for “type first, think second?”

  3. One must wonder where Harvard scientists got their wooly mammoth DNA. Was it in the artifacts stolen and never returned to Vermont?

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