A US biotechnology “de-extinction” company behind efforts to bring the Tasmanian tiger, woolly mammoth and dodo back from the dead is backing a project to save a tiny Australian dragon.
The support from Colossal Biosciences for a project to restore the Victorian grassland earless dragon – which was feared extinct before being rediscovered in the wild this year – was announced as the company’s representatives visited Tasmania to speak with officials about their plans and inspect a potential thylacine rewilding site.
Colossal, a Texas-based “breakthrough genetic engineering” company, announced last year it had partnered with the University of Melbourne on a multimillion-dollar bid to bring back the thylacine, a marsupial also known as the Tasmanian tiger. The last known thylacine died in captivity in 1936 and it was declared extinct in the 1980s
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