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Wooly mammoth. Source: thejokercze / Adobe Stock.

Can This Man Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth? (Video)

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Since 2015 a visionary geneticist in Boston, Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School, has been at the forefront of a scientific endeavor that challenges the boundaries of possibility. He aims to resurrect the woolly mammoth, not by piecing together a genetic legacy from a preserved cell but by ingeniously modifying the DNA of modern elephants. This bold venture delves into the realm of science fiction, bridging the gap between imagination and reality. Church's strategy is both revolutionary and intricate. By infusing the genes responsible for key mammoth features like hair and insulation into the genome of a contemporary elephant, a remarkable transformation can occur.

This is no easy task; it requires precise manipulation of the genetic code, made possible by the groundbreaking CRISPR technology. This process equips the modified elephants with cold-resistant hemoglobin, subcutaneous fat, and a dense fur coat, effectively turning them into formidable, cold-resistant creatures closely resembling their ancient counterparts. George Church's vision signifies human innovation, pushing the boundaries of what is genetically possible.

Top image: Wooly mammoth. Source: thejokercze / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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