Can we revive the woolly mammoth? Should we?

This handout illustration obtained on February 17, 2021 by Nature magazine, represents a reconstruction of the steppe mammoths that preceded the woolly mammoth [Beth Zaiken/Centre for Palaeogenetics / AFP]

Woolly mammoths went extinct several thousand years ago. But if a new company gets its way, something like the woolly mammoth could walk the Earth again within the decade. Colossal Biosciences, a new biotechnology company, announced in September that it had raised $15m to genetically modify an Asian elephant so that it has the cold-tolerant traits of a woolly mammoth. Their plan has been received with a mix of scepticism, excitement and controversy.

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Source: Al Jazeera