According to a startup, the first calf can be born in years with DNA editing.
In addition to dinosaurs, the most well-known extinct animals are woolly mammoths, which are elephant-like creatures similar to elephants, up to 3.9 meters high and weighing 8.2 tons.
And if they are such big stars thousands of years after their disappearance, why not bring them back? At least that’s what a startup called Colossal thinks, which has already raised $ 15 million from private investors to implement the idea.
The Texas-based company, with 19 employees, is trying to complete the historic venture through a genetic engineering process called CRISPR. The term covers the defense mechanism of bacteria, which is able to identify viruses and break down their DNA, so that DNA strands can be precisely engineered for targeted use.
With Colossal, he focuses on giving birth to the first calves of the long-unseen woolly mammoth in 5-6 years, but they say they don’t want to create a circus attraction by resurrecting the extinct species. Instead, the startup and their investors are striving for nothing less in the long run than populating the tundra with mammoths.
The theory is that multi-ton creatures can restore ancient snow-grass steppes by compacting snow and felling trees, helping to cool the planet with the reflective areas created, and preventing large amounts of bound greenhouse gases (carbon) from being released from frozen ground. dioxide, methane).
Undoubtedly, it is an extreme idea, for which extreme frameworks are set: the startup has already acquired a 155-square-kilometer area in northern Russia, where they will experiment with “reclaiming” artificially resurrected mammoths. The huge estate was also named Pleisctocen Park, just to spin the parallel with Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur film.
Source: PC World Online Hírek by pcworld.hu.
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