Maybe you’ve seen an ad here or there, heard a rumor or something of that sort about Project Colossal. Project Colossal is a bioengineering company that is using CRISPR technology to revive prehistoric animals for the benefit of today’s world. They do this by locating intact and well preserved specimens and extracting the DNA. With that extraction being done, they have most of the genetic makeup that they need and are implanting a hybrid into a genetically similar species.
The top candidate is the Wooly Mammoth. The Wooly Mammoth is being pursued to stop climate change and reverse it. In theory, by introducing the Wooly Mammoth to the arctic plains (Canada, Russia, and Northern Europe) these behemoths will pack and keep the permafrost layer intact longer.
Another candidate is the Tasmanian Tiger. The names give it credit, but in actuality it is simply a marsupial in a wolf’s clothing, so to speak. The Tasmanian Tiger will join the Dingos as an Apex predator. This will reduce the population of herbivores and in theory will downsize the opportunities for wildfires in Australia because the forests will stay more lush and resist burning.
I personally think that seeing a Wooly Mammoth, something we’ve been dreaming of for decades would be great in real life. It’s kind of like the phrase “the sky’s the limit”, as the sky used to be limit before space travel. As we continue to learn and develop genetic modification, a couple questions come to mind:
Do you think that this is ethical?
Do you think that this would be an effective way to decrease climate change?
Are there any animals you would want to see on the list?