Mercury (Hobart)

MAKING A MAMMOTH MIRACLE

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WASHINGTON: It is the elephant in the genomics room … can extinct species be resurrecte­d?

One bioscience firm insists they can, and is intending to use new technology to restore the woolly mammoth to the Arctic tundra.

The company, Colossal, says its “de-extinction” effort has the potential to restore damaged or lost ecosystems and thereby help slow or even halt the effects of climate change.

Woolly mammoths roamed much of the Arctic and co-existed with early humans who hunted them for food and used their tusks as tools.

Colossal says it will insert DNA from woolly mammoths, taken from wellpreser­ved remains in the permafrost, into Asian elephants to create an “elephantma­mmoth hybrid”.

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