Scientists launch plan to bring back extinct woolly mammoths to the Arctic

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SCIENTISTS are aiming to bring back woolly mammoths to the Arctic, ten thousand years after they turned extinct.

The likelihood of recreating the large beasts has been studied for years. 

Scientists goal to create a ‘a cold-resistant elephant, nonetheless it’s going to look and behave like a mammoth’Credit: Alamy

Now researchers have newest funding which they assume could make it a actuality. 

The enhance comes from £11million raised by the bioscience and genetics company Colossal, co-founded by entrepreneur Ben Lamm, and George Church, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School in the US.

They need to create a hybrid by making embryos in the laboratory by inserting pores and pores and pores and skin cells from Asian elephants into stem cells with mammoth DNA. 

The genomes are taken from animals recovered from the permafrost.

Embryos might be carried by a surrogate mom.

Prof Church talked about: “Our objective is to make a cold-resistant elephant, nonetheless it’s going to look and behave like a mammoth.

“Not because we are trying to trick anybody, but because we want something that is functionally equivalent to the mammoth, that will enjoy its time at -40C, and do all the things that elephants and mammoths do.”

The group believes the animals could assist restore the Arctic steppe by flattening bushes.

But Dr Victoria Herridge of the Natural History Museum talked about the plan was “implausible”.

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