What makes you think the word pachyderma? First on the elephants. If you had lived in the Pleistocene, another species would have tickled your memory. We’re talking about woolly mammoth, beast with curved tusks and soft fur. Do you know that a bio-scientific company wants to bring back the giant pachyderma?
The team employed in the ambitious project will be led by Harvard geneticist and co-founder of bio-scientific society, George Church. The latter intends to implement a real process of “de-extinguishing” not only to bring this species back to life, but to develop a process, in power, capable of restoring ecosystems destroyed by natural disasters or human interference (see the well-known example of the tiger).
Ben Lamm, CEO of Colossal and co-founder of the project’s vision and pioneering soul, said “Never before has humanity been able to exploit the power of this technology to rebuild the
The woolly mammoth is not a new species for men. The latter hunted her to sustain themselves with her flesh and to obtain utensils and clothing from horns and fur. The ancient pachyderma, in fact, perfectly adapted to the glacial climate, has been able to face the various glacial ages that followed since its appearance 200,000 years ago. But about 5000 years ago the species died out.
Over the years, several expeditions have recovered from the permafrost remains of the ancient animals suspended over time. From the findings, which consist of tusks, skeletons and portions of hair, well preserved thanks to the ice, it was possible to extract the genetic material, so that it could be sequenced.
The company claims to want to use DNA, extracted from the artifacts, to create a sort of hybrid ‘elephant-mammut’. Since it is very ancient genetic material, this will be associated with the DNA of the current Asian elephants, so as to fill missing or excessively damaged portions.
Church, using CRISPR technology, is convinced that it can bring the mammoth back into circulation. In fact, according to the geneticist, “Technology discovered in the pursuit of this grandiose vision – a living and walking substitute for a woolly mammoth – could create very significant opportunities in conservation and beyond,” focusing on the beneficial potential of the species on the