Thursday, February 9, 2017

NBC News update on mammoth de-extinction

I've written before about the effort to revive the woolly mammoth, although it's been three years since the last entry, so it should come as no surprise that I'm posting the latest on the subject from NBC News: Scientist Tries To Bring The Woolly Mammoth Back From The Dead.

Harvard geneticist Dr. George Church has been using a gene editing tool called CRISPR to try to bring the woolly mammoth back from the dead. They call it de-extinction.
That's a different technique than I've seen discussed before.  That alone makes this video worth sharing, although the tie-in to climate change and how mammoths or more accurately, genetically engineered cold-resistant elephants that imitate them, can combat higher temperatures in the Arctic, is even more valuable.  It actually makes this quixotic effort practical.

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