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+ - The Plan to Turn Elephants Into Woolly Mammoths Is Already Underway

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "Increasingly, researchers are working to hybridize existing animals with extinct ones in order to create a "2.0" version of the animal.
Using a genome editing technique known as CRISPR, Harvard synthetic biologist George Church has successfully migrated three genes, which gave the woolly mammoth its furry appearance, extra layer of fat, and cold-resistant blood, into the cells of Asian elephants, with the idea of eventually making a hybrid embryo. In theory, given what we know about both the woolly mammoth genome and the Asian elephant genome, the final product will be something that more closely resembles the former than the latter."
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The Plan to Turn Elephants Into Woolly Mammoths Is Already Underway

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