Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Scientists Are Trying to Revive Mammoths and Other Prehistoric Creatures

The United States has plans to bring many animals back to life.

According to a study by the Colossal company, the United States funds research Resurgence of extinct animals, such as the woolly mammoth and thylacine.

The investigation will be conducted through an investment company called In-Q-Tel, funded by the CIA. In this way, the US intelligence agency will also contribute money to Texas-based technology company Colossal Biosciences.

According to the Vishal website, The company’s goal is to “see woolly mammoths roar on the tundra through the use of genetic engineering.” so That is, using technology to edit the DNA of an organism.

Mammoth. The plan is to bring the Mega Beasts back to life.

Could the return of extinct animals be a reality?

Colossal has also expressed interest in reviving the extinct thylacine or Tasmanian tiger. A wolf-like marsupial that went extinct in the 1930s, as well as the extinct dodo bird.

According to an In-Q-Tel blog post, “The CIA is less interested in the mammoth and roaring thylacine than in the underlying genetic engineering technology that Colossal seeks to develop.”

“Strategically, this is less about mammoth and more about capability,” company executives wrote.

De-extinction may sound like science fiction, and to some extent it is. There is no way to return the woolly mammoth to its form ten thousand years ago.

Although, Using DNA editing tools, scientists can insert cold-hardiness traits into the DNA sequences of modern elephants. making them genetically similar to woolly mammoths.

the resulting creature would not be a proper mammothBut a surrogate animal that looks more like an elephant with giant features.

Tasmanian Tiger.  I Could Go Back This Time.

Tasmanian Tiger. I could go back this time.

How is the process of reviving extinct animals?

the basis of this process a method of gene editing called CRISPR, Genetic “scissors” that scientists can use to cut, paste, and replace specific genetic sequences in an organism’s DNA.

Several researchers behind CRISPR won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020.

According to the In-Q-Tel blog, the investment in the project will allow the US government to “Set the ethical and technical standards for genetic engineering technology, and keep America a step ahead from competing nations who are interested in reading, writing, and altering the genetic code.

What is the danger of reviving extinct animals

Not everyone is so optimistic about using genetic engineering tools to revive extinct animals.

Tasmanian Tiger.  Another Animal That Could Return.

Tasmanian Tiger. Another animal that could return.

Critics have also warned If a company can engineer a healthy mammoth, that creature’s natural habitat no longer exists And even if it did, the genetic code could not teach an animal to thrive in an unknown ecosystem.

Some scientists also argue that the money was spent on de-extinction projects. If it is applied to the protection of live animals, it can go a long way.

The dispute is already open.

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