A company launched on Monday wants to resurrect an animal that went extinct thousands of years ago: the woolly mammoth
Colossal, founded by Ben Lamm, a technology and software entrepreneur, and George Church, a biologist at Harvard Medical School, hopes to “rapidly advance the field of species de-extinction,” according to a news release from the company.
That goal includes using gene editing “to restore the woolly mammoth to the Arctic tundra,” according to the release.
The research will involve reprogramming elephant DNA with mammoth characteristics, like thick hair and layers of fat, to help the hybrid animals survive in the Siberian tundra, according to multiple reports. Researchers have targeted 60 genes that make up the mammoth’s distinctive characteristics, and they will use elephant eggs or tissue.
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