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A team of scientists and entrepreneurs announced on Monday that they have started a new company to genetically resurrect the woolly mammoth.

The company, named Colossal, aims to place thousands of these magnificent beasts back on the Siberian tundra, thousands of years after they went extinct.

The article goes on to state the following:

“This is a major milestone for us,” said George Church, a biologist at Harvard Medical School, who for eight years has been leading a small team of moonlighting researchers developing the tools for reviving mammoths. “It’s going to make all the difference in the world.”

The firm has raised $15 million in initial funding to bring the woolly mammoth back from extinction. Some researchers are “deeply skeptical” that the project will succeed, the Times reports.

The report notes that even if they do produce “baby mammoth-like elephants,” serious ethical questions will be raised.

“We’re de-extincting genes, not species,” Church said. “The goal is really a cold-resistant elephant that is fully interbreedable with the endangered Asian elephant.”

National Geographic reports that Colossal “aims to use woolly mammoth DNA to make a hybridized Asian elephant that could thrive in Arctic climates.”

They will use the hybrids to fulfill a long-term goal “to convert swaths of today’s mossy tundra into the grassy steppes they once were during the Pleistocene epoch, the period of multiple ice ages that ended 11,700 years ago.”

The hypothesis is that at large scales, this could “reduce future climate change by slowing the thaw of Arctic permafrost.”

“Along the way,” National Geographic adds, “Colossal hopes to create new—and lucrative—biotechnologies, including tools that would supplement traditional conservation approaches.”

The research will occur in Dr. Church’s lab and Colossal will “carry out experiments in labs of their own in Boston and Dallas,” according to the Times.

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  1. So we have the socialist demorats in Washington spending trillions on pork barrel projects, but you have people bitching about a private company and what it does with 15 million.


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