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La « dé-extinction » du mammouth laineux, un « Colossal » canular ? : Chroniques génomiques

Abstract : Reports of a mammoth cloning project on-going under George Church’s supervision appear periodically in the press. Close examination of the available evidence indicates that there is indeed such a project (carried out in a company called “Colossal”), but the aim is actually to modify the Asian elephant’s genome so that the resulting animal displays some significant cold-adaptation traits, could theoretically be reintroduced into Siberia, and would then (also theoretically) modify the biotope towards its initial state of a steppe rather than a tundra. This endeavour seems largely unfeasible, but it may trigger important methodological advances that probably explain its ability to attract significant capital investment.
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Bertrand Jordan. La « dé-extinction » du mammouth laineux, un « Colossal » canular ? : Chroniques génomiques. médecine/sciences, EDP Sciences, 2022, 38 (5), pp.480-483. ⟨10.1051/medsci/2022046⟩. ⟨hal-03677770⟩



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