Over the years, technology has evolved in an incredible way, currently, scientists are planning to bring an extinct species back to life. But would it really work? Today, there is a set of techniques known as “de-extinction”, which have allowed researchers to revive some extinct species.
A company integrates the woolly mammoth in its projects
For a time, a company called In-Q-Tel teamed up with a group of scientists. In order to woolly mammoth relive, but much of the world is very skeptical about this new project. How do you plan to do it?
The company they created was called Colossal Biosciences, they They plan to make some kind of DNA clone of the extinct animal to bring it back to life. They mentioned that this is not the only project they have raised, they also have in mind to recreate other species that have disappeared.
How soon could the woolly mammoth live again?
Experts said that They want to repopulate the whole Siberian region, which has suffered the consequences of the climate crisis. As a result, many species have disappeared. However, they believe that with hard work, this region can be repopulated by woolly mammoths in 4 years.
Scientists plan to bring the woolly mammoth back to Earth. Credits: CC BY 2.0/Wikimedia Commons/rpongsaj
A project funded by the CIA
On the other hand, some important people who are part of the CIA have companies that have added this plan to their investment list. It looks like they are paying for a major part of the project. They said verbatim that the bioeconomy and biotechnology are of vital importance for the development of mankind.
In-Q-Tel, the CIA-funded nonprofit venture capital firm, said the investment was less about the animals in question and more about the capabilities of the technology.
This implies that the government wants to have eyes and ears on the latest developments in biotechnology, since the the resurrection of an extinct species would mark a technological leap with implications for everything from conservation to medicine. Such technology could shape ecosystems through the reintroduction of organisms, a form of ecological engineering that could be part of tomorrow’s environmental conflicts.
In the same way, one of the founders of this new project, named Ben Lamm, said that it is transcendent for the world that the government supports this type of work. Notably Lamm’s company is making this investment on a not-for-profit basis. Their goal is not to revive a single species, but also other extinct animals.
Leave a big mark in history
Professor of Genetics Ben Lamm and George Church. Credit: Colossal / Business of business.
Colossal should leave a trace in history, a before and after by bringing extinct species back to life. East will be the first company to manage CRISPR technology With this goal, they hope that as they progress, they can create new tools.
Surely, along the way, they will create other radical software and technologies progress quickly, so that the goal is quickly reached. In addition, scientists have also They plan to resurrect the marsupial (a wolf-like animal) and the tasmanian tigerknown as “Thylacine”.
All of these species have disappeared for different reasons, many of which disappeared due to overhunting which took place at the beginning of the 20th century. But will the resurrection of these animals have an effect? Experts believe that the change they will bring to the world will be very positive.
Can technology improve the world?
It is very possible that technology is helping us in some way that our planet improves its climatic conditions. How could this happen? According to scientists, the woolly mammoth will not only contribute to the local economy but also prevent further melting of arctic ice.
Consequently, the emission of gases produced by the greenhouse effect will be greatly reduced. This positive change prevent other species from becoming extinctlike modern elephants, which are threatened by global warming.
Is de-extinction really a good option?
Illustrative image of woolly mammoths.
In particular, a professor from the University of Adelaide intervened, saying that scientists are interested in doing this project to get media attention. That is to say, they do not want to do “serious science” but to attract followers.
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I also think that would be a better option invest this capital to protect other species They are alive but endangered. Moreover, critics comment that the technology has a conceptual error, they comment that it is a fantasy far from reality.
It can be possible?
Unbelievers have dismissed the project as a mere “fairy tale” because the animals are produced from the genes of already extinct species. These are combined with animals close to this lineage, which in turn would produce a similar but not exactly the same species.
On the other hand, the scientists say their project has a basis and the critics are just people who don’t know the science exactly. Good They lack a lot of knowledge.
According to Colossal, the end result won’t technically be a woolly mammoth, but a cold-hardy “carbon copy” of the elephant-shaped mammoth. So will be returned to the main mammoth habitat and restore the mammoth steppe, which was once the largest biome on Earth. Restoration of the biome and related conservation efforts should prevent the Arctic permafrost from melting, thereby preventing the release of large amounts of methane trapped within.
Undoubtedly a very ambitious project which, if carried out, would be a historic achievement.
References: ATX Today / Colossal / DW.
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