A company named Colossal has received $15 million USD in private funding with the grand plan of resurrecting and repopulating the woolly mammoth in Siberia.
Harvard Medical School biologist Dr. George Church believes it is possible to successfully modify the genetic code of an elephant to create a life form that would look and act like mammoths that roamed the earth thousands of years ago.
The group aims to produce embryos of mammoth-like elephants in a few years and eventually produce a thriving population.
Experts also point out that tools developed in the process will be able to help endangered species that are not yet extinct by giving them better genes for resistance against disease and temperature fluctuations.
Some researchers are understandably skeptical about this project from both a practical and ethical standpoint with questions over the morality of genetically reproducing living creatures we know so little about and the upbringing of the elephant-like creatures who are known to have a strong mother-infant bonds.
The revival of the mammoth would actually be good for the environment. Back in the days when the Woolly mammoths roamed, the tundras were mostly grassland.