Professor George Church of Harvard University is about to do meat-eaters a big favour. His team is proposing to create a hybrid of the woolly mammoth, which went extinct 4,000 years ago, within two years.
This quasi-resurrection will be done by genetic engineering. Church helped develop the most widely used genetic engineering technique, known as Crispr/Cas9. Mammoth DNA will be shoved into the embyro of an Asian elephant, thought to be the mammoth’s closest ‘relative’.
This ‘mammophant’ would have small ears, subcutaneous fat, long shaggy hair and cold-adapted blood. But the bad news is – it could take years before we’re able to order a mammo-burger.
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