Biotech Firm Says It Can Resurrect Extinct Woolly Mammoth

Biotech Firm Says It Can Resurrect Extinct Woolly Mammoth

Andrew H. Sweet

Scientists have managed to find mammoth tusks, bones, and other material to sequence the animal's DNA. This DNA would then be inserted into the genome of the Asian elephant to form an "elephant-mammoth hybrid," according to the company.

Advocates of "de-extinction" say the process could help humans gain new knowledge regarding biology, evolution, and technology. Supporters may also believe it is morally just to bring back extinct species due to human activities.

The resurrection of extinct species could also repair damaged ecosystems. In the case of the woolly mammoth, Colossal believes the animal could revitalize the Arctic grasslands, whose properties can mitigate global warming. The company offered no details on how.

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