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wooly bully (mammoth) by maryjane
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A New Company With a Wild Mission: Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth
With $15 million in private funding, Colossal aims to bring thousands of woolly mammoths back to Siberia. Some scientists are deeply skeptical that will happen.
A team of scientists and entrepreneurs announced on Monday that they have started a new company to genetically resurrect the woolly mammoth.

The company, named Colossal, aims to place thousands of these magnificent beasts back on the Siberian tundra, thousands of years after they went extinct.

“This is a major milestone for us,” said George Church, a biologist at Harvard Medical School, who for eight years has been leading a small team of moonlighting researchers developing the tools for reviving mammoths. “It’s going to make all the difference in the world.”

The company, which has received $15 million in initial funding, will support research in Dr. Church’s lab and carry out experiments in labs of their own in Boston and Dallas.

A former researcher in Dr. Church’s lab, Eriona Hysolli, will oversee the new company’s efforts to edit elephant DNA, adding genes for mammoth traits like dense hair and thick fat for withstanding cold. The researchers hope to produce embryos of these mammoth-like elephants in a few years, and ultimately produce entire populations of the animals.

Other researchers are deeply skeptical that Colossal will pull off such a feat. And if Colossal does manage to produce baby mammoth-like elephants, the company will face serious ethical questions. Is it humane to produce an animal whose biology we know so little about? Who gets to decide whether they can be set loose, potentially to change the ecosystems of tundras in profound ways?



https://www.nytimes.com/202...lly-mammoth-DNA.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/0...woolly-mammoths.html

 
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OK, weren't the Mamoths killed off by "global warming"? Do these guys know something we don't?*

*Well, I guess that's a stupid question. I mean, they are scientists.
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Proponents of the project say rewilding the Arctic with woolly mammoths could slow global warming by slowing the melting of the permafrost, where methane is currently trapped.

There is more about that theory towards the end of the article.


Sounds like a "no brainer" to me. There should be money for this in that Budget Reconciliation bill--that one the Democrats are working on.

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Originally posted by rinselberg:

There is more about that theory towards the end of the article.


Sounds like a "no brainer" to me. There should be money for this in that Budget Reconciliation bill--that one the Democrats are working on.


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If these revived woolly mammoths eventually repopulate the Arctic, they would take down small trees and help repopulate the grasses they thrive on, Church said. Those grasses reflect sunlight better than the dark trunks of the conifer trees that live there.

So, all we need to do to stop global warming is cut down more trees?

If only the mammoths had a subscription to the New York Times, maybe they would have survived.

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Originally posted by rinselberg:

There is more about that theory towards the end of the article.


Sounds like a "no brainer" to me. There should be money for this in that Budget Reconciliation bill--that one the Democrats are working on.



Is this satire?
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Yes.
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Originally posted by williegoat:

So, all we need to do to stop global warming is cut down more trees?



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I've seen how this story ends. We are gonna need more paramedics.
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I remember reading about this bike when I was a kid. This Mammoth was also briefly resurrected, about 20 years ago.

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I bet there's not enough CO2 in the atmosphere for them to survive.

Why don't they work on bringing back the Neanderthals?
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Why don't they work on bringing back the Neanderthals?


Already did that. Take one look around Toronto.
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