They've got $15 million to make the elephant-mammoth hybrid through genetic engineering.
A group of scientists specialized in genetics and led by Harvard Medical School's George Church aim to resurrect the woolly mammoth, which went extinct 4,000 years ago. The resurrection project received a lot of attention on Monday when the group announced a $15 million investment, CNN reports. The research team has analyzed the genomes of 23 living elephant species and extinct mammoths, according to Church. The scientists believe they will need to simultaneously program "upward of 50 changes" to the genetic code of the Asian elephant to give it the traits necessary to survive and thrive in the Arctic.
"Our goal is to have our first calves in the next four to six years," said Ben Lamm, a Co-Founder of Colossal, a bioscience and genetics company that backs the project.