World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University are working on a groundbreaking resurrection project.
After spending the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of the wooly mammoth, they believe the beast can be brought back from extinction within two years.
Church and his team have used DNA from mammoths that were preserved in Arctic permafrost to look for the genes that separated them from elephants, such as those with code for a shaggy coat, big ears and antifreeze blood. Lab tests have already shown that cells function normally with mammoth and elephant DNA and the scientists now have ambitious plans to grow a mammoth embryo within an artificial womb rather than recruit a female elephant as a surrogate mother.
What do you think? Scary stuff, i.e. ‘Jurassic Park’, or very, very cool? ~ Jason