This was reported by the British newspaper The Guardian. The hairy elephant species became extinct about 10,000 years ago. This is not the first time that modern science has toyed with the idea of bringing an animal back to life. With $15 million raised, things are really moving forward for the first time.
The money was raised by the all-new Colossal, which wants to focus on life sciences and genetics research.
An elephant’s DNA is modified by adding bulky properties such as thick hair and a thick layer of fat, both of which protect against the cold.
The cross embryos are then introduced to the endangered Asian elephants. If that doesn’t work, the choice is artificial wombs.
If all goes according to plan, Colossal hopes the first calves will be born within six years. One of the initiators told The Guardian that the goal was to “create a cold-resistant elephant that behaves similar to a mammoth”.
There are also scientific criticisms of the research, which aims not only to return the woolly mammoth, but also to give the Asian elephant a new home in the Siberian tundra.
Among other things, there are doubts about whether current elephants will mate with “new” mammoths.
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