Ever yearned for running into a real life Manny? The wooly mammoth from the house of Blue Sky Studios was buffed with some arrant charm, that at least once in our lifetime would we have wished to meet the fluffy burly species in real. Thanks to powers of genetic engineering that we are not perching far from that being bloomed into a reality.
Last week, Cell Reports published a study which expounded the genetic adaptations behind the species that saved their bacon to survive in the frigid environment of Arctic regions. But what’s rather interesting is that this is paving the way for scientists to resurrect the species back into life.
Comparisons were analyzed between the genomes of the wooly mammoths from the remains and those of their current-age siblings, the Asian and African elephants.
These genomes were acquired from the remains of two mammoths, one of 18,500 years age and the other of 60,000 years age, discovered from the permafrost in northeastern Siberia.
Close observations have led to the revelation that these species possessed genetic adaptations related to their skin, hair, fat, insulin and also temperature tolerances. TRPV3, the gene resurrected from the mammoth species, helped in nurturing a protein less response to heat that makes them less sensitive to cold, explaining their affiliation with colder climates
University of Chicago geneticist Vincent Lynch explains that the study never envisaged leading them to the light of discovery that would resurrect the mammoths.
However he believes that it’s inevitable, as the advancement in genetic engineering will sure foster the belief in someone to bring back the species. Although, he hopes that it doesn’t get transpired. “We owe no debt to nature” says Lynch
His words may strike our mind with the very own chaos theory Spielberg once evinced with his then record-smasher, Jurassic Park. But yes, those dealt with dinosaurs, which lived in the cretaceous era.
The subject here is of about mammoths, which have got its footprints laid even in the Holocene period along with our ancestors. But is that to make any difference?