WOOLLY MAM­MOTH COULD BE ON THE VERGE OF DE-EX­TINC­TION

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A team from Har­vard says a vi­able mam­moth em­bryo is only two years away from be­com­ing re­al­ity. It’s be­ing cre­ated by tak­ing a mod­ern-day Asian ele­phant em­bryo and splic­ing in mam­moth DNA from car­casses found in Siberia in 2014. The team has added 45 mam­moth genes into what they’ve dubbed the ‘fuzzy mam­mo­phant’, in­clud­ing those that con­trol the shaggy hair and small ears. The de-ex­tinc­tion process may have started, but don’t ex­pect to see one in the wild any time soon.

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