CIA Is Quietly Funding Woolly Mammoth Resurrection Tech
(DailyVantage.com) – The woolly mammoth, known for its enormous stature, tusks, and furry appearance, died out thousands of years ago. The debate surrounding the cause of its demise is ongoing. Some researchers point to human hunting habits, while others say climate change was more likely the culprit. Now, a Dallas-based company is trying to resurrect the animal, a project which could be getting funding from a unique source: the CIA.
Colossal Biosciences is a biotechnology company experimenting with genetic sequencing using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, or CRISPR, genome editing. With it, researchers can modify DNA to alter a gene’s function. Scientists have access to the woolly mammoth’s genetic code through mummified remains. Colossal plans to take advantage of the remains to “be the first company to use [the] technology successfully in the de-extinction of previously lost species.”
“De-extinction” has seen scientists attempt genetic cloning of ancient DNA to resurrect species that have previously gone extinct.https://t.co/MUFrhYiSLE
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The company has a multitude of investors, including Paris Hilton and Tony Robbins, but its public portfolio also lists In-Q-Tel, a CIA-funded venture capital firm. So why is the United States’ top intelligence agency interested in the woolly mammoth? In a blog post on its website, the company states development isn’t about the animal but instead “more about the capability.”
Advances in the biotechnology and biosciences sector will “allow the US to help set the ethical, as well as the technological, standards for the use of this technology,” according to the blog. The potential of its power could “shape the planet and humanity.”
What do you think about the possibility of bringing back the woolly mammoth and the science proposed behind the mission?
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