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The Conversation: Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

By September 17, 2021No Comments

Published September 15, 2021
By Julian Koplin and Christopher Gyngell

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.

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