The Flintstones’ dishwasher is one step closer to being resurrected. Move over Maytag! Make way for the Woolly Mammoth!
C/Net reports now that scientists have successfully duplicated 44 mammoth genes, they are now hoping to grow a mammoth-hybrid in an artificial womb.
The large hairy elephant walked the earth as early as 2.5 million years ago before going extinct around 3rd millennium B.C.
A team of researchers at Harvard University, headed up by well-known geneticist Professor George Church, participated in the Fourth International Vatican Conference in Vatican City on April 27. While there, Church announced the idea of a woolly mammoth-hybrid but cautioned that his team was focused on the first step.
Harvard researchers say they're just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo featuring genes of a woolly mammoth introduced into its closest living relative, an Asian elephant embryo. https://t.co/8zBuC1WsMK
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“My goal is not to bring back the mammoth, it’s to bring back mammoth genes and show that they work and that we have already done it,” he said.
The idea is to use an artificial uterus, termed a “vascularised decidua”, that will have a functioning uterine wall with its own vascular structure. The Harvard team proposes starting small, using mouse stem cells to recreate a viable birth chamber.
“We have one paper coming out which is a general method where we can turn stem cells into any tissue you want, and in this case we want decidua, which is the tissue into which the embryos implant, and we’re trying to make a vacularised version of that,” Church is quoted as stating.
Advancements in genetics will allow biologists to create a revived mammoth that will have a wider diet and may not sport its iconic large, curving ivory tusks so as to deny poachers another prize to hunt down.
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