Scientists at Harvard University have successfully added Mammoth DNA to Elephant cells and it appears everything is progressing perfectly. This cell splicing puts us one step closer to bringing back the prehistoric Mammoth as a hybrid. The splicing is considered a major step towards bringing the creature back. This is the first time mammoth genes have been ALIVE in more than 3300 years!
Harvard genetics professor George Church used a new technique which allows researchers to make precision edits to DNA so they can replace sections of elephant DNA with mammoth genes. Church is quoted as saying, “We now have functioning elephant cells with mammoth DNA in them.” Church says there is more work to do and he and his team will be doing that work.
It is believed that the last mammoths died out 3300 years ago on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean. Harvard scientists obtained the mammoth DNA from these frozen specimens. Presently, there are three scientific teams attempting to reconstruct the entire mammoth genome and bring the creatures back to life, although they’d be hybrids as their DNA would be mixed with modern elephants. However, their work is not without critics who question the ethics of bringing back the mammoth and the purpose. Some question if the research and money would not be better spent focusing on modern elephants and their preservation.
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