Scientists successfully splice mammoth genes with living elephant

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CAMBRIDGE, MA (KTVI) – The wooly mammoth is making a comeback. For the first time in more than 4,000 years, genes from the DNA of a wooly mammoth have started to work again.

According to The Telegraph,  scientists from Harvard University have separated the DNA from the body of a wooly mammoth enclosed in permafrost. Then, they inserted they spliced them with the genetic code of an Asian elephant, the closest remaining relative of the prehistoric beast.

George Church, one of the Harvard scientists, told the Sunday Times the group extracted important genes from the DNA of the wooly mammoth, such as cold resistance, hair and ears. Now, there are working mammoth genes inside a living elephant. Church said the group will not publish their work in a scientific journal just yet, as there is more work to be done.

Long term, Church said the team from Harvard hope to create the first hybrid elephant/mammoth embryos and grow them in artificial wombs, then raise the hybrids to live in colder climates.

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