Resurrecting The Mammoth

Surbhi Gupta 2017-04-14

The last woolly mammoths left us about four thousand years ago, but there is a buzz that reversing their extinction is actually possible few years from now.

Resurrecting The Mammoth

Harvard geneticist George Church announced last month that he may be only two years away from creating a mammoth-elephant hybrid fetus. To quote in simple terms, he meant that he and his team hope to insert the mammoth DNA into an Asian elephant’s egg to create a woolly mammoth. This process is called de-extinction and is making great noises in the genetics world.

But everyone is not as convinced as Church and his team, people are doubting if it is feasible to use a DNA that is fragmented. There is no surety of an original authentic DNA that can be used to create specimens.

Brian Switek of “ Written in stone“, says that it is there is a good chance that the woolly mammoth won’t survive this climate change. Also, It would be unethical on our parts to make an Asian elephant a surrogate and make it suffer for our experiments.

On the other hand, Stewart Brand, co-founder of the Revive and Restore Project in San Francisco, believes that the return of the wolly mammoth would help restore the original landscapes in the United States and Eurasia.

Resurrecting The Mammoth

Some also believe that mammoths can be used to slow down the process of global warming. Church explains that woolly mammoths would “keep the tundra from thawing by punching through snow and allowing cold air to come in. In the summer they knock down trees and help the grass grow.” In addition to helping global warming, Church believes that his work could also help preserve the Asian elephant species at the same time.

Looking at the pros and cons, it might not be the worst idea to blur these lines between science fiction and reality for one. What do you think?


Surbhi Gupta

The Anda Khane wali Vegetarian. Also, an ambivert and awkward media student with a knack for movies. You might just spot me sitting next to you at the theatre hogging popcorn as I reach movie nirvana. Do say hiiii! Bye

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