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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  • Owen Holte

    Imagine hunting those things in Russia, Canada, Alaska and Greenland! I’d totally pay for a trip to hunt for that!

    • Ock

      They would never allow that. How long til a hunt able number? 100 years?

    • Edward Shalfi

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

  • mike

    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!

  • Dave

    if they can produce one, they can produce thousands, (careful) could be awesome. But what would that lead to…….

    • Patriot4739 .

      An awesome hunt!

  • acdeucey

    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.

    • James Jones III

      Quit whining, anus.

    • lha

      You still believe in that debunked BS. You have Liberal Derangement Syndrome.

      • acdeucey

        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?”

  • James Corven

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

  • Kerry Bowden

    Probably got them from the russians as they are working on the same thing