Using recovered DNA to "genetically resurrect" an extinct species — the central idea behind the Jurassic Park films — may be moving closer to reality with the creation this week of a new company that aims to bring back woolly mammoths thousands of years after the last of the giants disappeared from the Arctic tundra.
When ethicist Karen Wendling of Canada’s University of Guelph first heard about a new company’s plan to “de-extinct” the woolly mammoth, she was enthralled by the possibilities it created. If a behemoth similar to the one that roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago could be engineered, could a dodo bird...
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Even under a new U.S. administration, U.S.-Russian relations are chilly at best. U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin came away from their eagerly anticipated June summit having agreed on little more than nuclear war should never be fought. As diplomatic negotiations go, agreeing that nuclear Armageddon should be avoided is a modest accomplishment.
A number of bitcoin billionaires and a genetics professor want to bring back the woolly mammoths in order to reverse climate change. Stop me if this sounds like the plot of a blockbuster science fiction movie. Per Fortune, Harvard genetics professor George Church has the idea that bringing back the...
Jurassic Park isn’t a reality yet—except for a virtual one—but plenty of researchers are taking steps in that direction. Earlier this year, for example, scientists cloned an endangered species for the first time. Now, a biotech start-up says it’s going to resurrect the extinct woolly mammoth using CRISPR technology. And the company says it has big plans for the big mammal. Including using it to modulate Earth’s climate and perhaps even support a tourist destination.
US startup Colossal Biosciences has announced plans to bring woolly mammoths, or animals like them, back from extinction and into the frosty landscape of the Siberian tundra. Colossal has received US$15 million in initial funds to support research conducted by Harvard geneticist George Church, among other work. The proposed project is exciting, with laudable ambitions — but whether it is a practical strategy for conservation remains unclear. Colossal proposes to use CRISPR gene editing technology to modify Asian elephant embryos (the mammoth’s closest living relative) so their genomes resemble those of woolly mammoths. ...
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There’s no need to roll up your sleeve for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccines just yet. According to a new review published in The Lancet journal, scientists say that booster shots aren’t needed for the general population. The Biden administration had proposed boosters eight months after initial shots, but the report found that even with waning immunity, the vaccines are still protective against severe illness after that time. (Only adults older than 75 saw weakening protection against hospitalization.) Instead, experts say the focus should be on getting those doses to the billions of people who have yet to get vaccinated.
‘A Quick 5’ with Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Director of ‘Teenage Dick’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will be reopening its doors on September 20, 2021 with the production of “Teenage Dick” by Mike Lew, directed by Tony Award Nominee, Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Woolly Mammoth has long been viewed as one of the risk takers in Baltimore/Washington Area by maintaining a high level of quality in their productions. Woolly Mammoth is also one of the only theatres left who maintain a company of artists under the leadership of Artistic Director Maria Manuela Goyanes and Managing Director Emika Abe. Located between the White House and Capitol Building, it is no wonder they are actively working “towards and equitable, participatory and creative democracy. The theatre is acutely aware that it stands on the ancestral homeland of the Nacotchtank Indians. They also understand that the foundation of our nation’s capital was funded by the sale of slaves and built with their forced labor.
Mammoths are among the best-known inhabitants of the last ice age, but their travels across the tundra have long remained a mystery. Now experts have used the chemical composition of a 17,100-year-old mammoth tusk from Alaska to map out where the animal wandered during its lifetime. They found it put in almost enough miles to loop around the world twice.
This article was originally published on our sister site, Freethink. An international team of researchers has reconstructed the life of a woolly mammoth that lived in Alaska more than 17,000 years ago. By deciphering clues hidden in his tusk, we may not only unravel the mysterious life and death of...
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A woolly mammoth’s astonishing life has been retraced by scanning its six-foot tusk. According to the study, by the time of death at the age of 28, it had covered enough of the Alaskan landscape to almost circle the Earth — twice. Due to being kicked out of its herd, the male roamed so far until It finally succumbed to starvation.
Scientists now have evidence that mammoths were roaming the earth more than 1 million years ago with the discovery of the oldest-dating skeletal fragments ever found.
In the span of the short month of February, one group of scientists cloned an endangered black-footed ferret; another research group extracted the oldest DNA strands ever recovered from the preserved molars of a trio of mammoths. As both news about cloning and mammoth-related discoveries often do, the pair of stories prompted renewed interest in the question of bringing the Ice Age megafauna back to life. "If we could use ancient DNA to bring mammoths back life, do you think we should?" evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins tittered upon hearing the molar DNA news.
Bringing back the woolly mammoth from extinction might seem like a ridiculous idea, but ridiculous ideas are nothing new to Stewart Brand, who spent much of the late ‘60s marching around San Francisco wearing a placard that asked why NASA hadn’t shared a photo of the Earth from outer space.
The spring season will feature new and returning on-demand and live streaming productions. WASHINGTON, D.C.: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company has announced further virtual programming, with new and returning streaming productions to take place from April through June. “One of Woolly’s greatest assets is our ability to pivot and innovate. The...