Scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project say the Woolly Mammoth could be making it's return from extinction in the years to come. World-renowned geneticist, Professor George Church, and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of the mammoth.
Using DNA from mammoths preserved in Arctic permafrost, the scientists have been searching for the genes that separate mammoths from elephants. By splicing mammoth genes into the genome of an elephant embryo, the team believes they can recreate a mammoth-elephant hybrid.
Church, who is the head of the Harvard Woolly Mammoth Revival team, says “Our aim is to produce a hybrid elephant/mammoth embryo...it would be more like an elephant with a number of mammoth traits. We’re not there yet," he forecasted, "but it could happen in a couple of years.”
Source: The Telegraph