In case you can’t get enough Jurassic Park movies, you can look forward to the plans the biotech company has to make. Crossbreeding endangered Asian elephants with the long-extinct woolly mammoth Using genetic linkage and other exotic techniques.
Expect a feature film, the team hopes to have calves after six years and we don’t think there’s an amusement park in the pipeline. The claim is that mammoth traits will help elephants recover the tundra, but we can’t help but think that it’s just an excuse to resurrect an extinct animal. If you read famous press reports, there is some question as to whether the environmental mission claimed by the company is realistic. However, we can’t deny that it would be great to bring an animal back from extinction – sort of.
We are not DNA wizards, so we only partially understand what is being suggested. Apparently, modern elephant skin cells would serve as a base to accept the massive DNA extracted. This may sound far-fetched, but it turns out that mammoths lived much more recently than we usually think. When they die in their natural, highly freezing environment, they are often well preserved.
Once the genetic braid is set up, the surrogate elephant will carry the embryo to term. Hopefully the improved breed will be able to mate with the natural species, although with the gestation and maturation periods of elephants, this will be a very long time to bear fruit.
So how do you feel about that? Will we face a disaster at the level of films? Shall we get some curious lab creatures? Will you save the tundra? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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