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To Bring Back a Woolly Mammoth

To Bring Back a Woolly Mammoth

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, April 12, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, environment, adventure

                               Elephants, Woolly Mammoths, & Humans (artist concept credit: TED)

The last woolly mammoths went extinct about 3000 BCE on Arctic islands but early humans left remarkably detailed cave paintings of the massive beasts that still produce wonder at the beasts. What if the creatures could be brought back by using modern genetics and biotechnology? The first step, to sequencing the woolly mammoth genome, was announced and modern elephants represent suitable surragotes for embyo transplantation.

Hendrik Poinar presents the fascinating strategy for bringing back the mammoth from extinction in this TED presentation. The possibliy grows that the first mammoths may walk in the Arctic tundra again.



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