For decades, people all over the world have wondered whether it is possible to bring back hundreds of extinct species. Now, a group of scientists and entrepreneurs have gathered to create a company that will work to achieve this goal through technology. Ben Lamm, a software entrepreneur known for his passion for emerging technologies, announced the launch of Colossal, a bioscience and genetics company. The organization was co-founded by Dr. George Church, a world-renowned geneticist and biotechnology entrepreneur, and will focus on the field of extinction.
A press release stated that to achieve this goal, Colossal will use CRISPR technology and create a “practical working model for extinction.” Revolutionary gene editing technology will be used in projects aimed at combating the adverse effects of climate change and helping restore extinct ecosystems.
With this, the company will break new ground and become a pioneer in applying advanced gene editing technology to restore mammoths to the Arctic tundra. The organization’s website states that it will “bring back mammoths in the next five years.”
According to the company, the mammoth is just the beginning. The website added, “Starting from the genetic resurrection of mammoths, Colossal’s goal is to develop a de-extinct animal bank and contain genetic DNA/embryos from endangered animals.”
The press release added: “A new wave of deliberate and destructive protection aims to address the effects of climate change through ecosystem restoration.”
Advances in technology will also be applied to restore endangered species that are endangered. In addition, the company will also work with leading wildlife conservationists to help alleviate the “extinction crisis.”
Speaking of this effort, Lahm said: “Humans have never before been able to use the power of this technology to rebuild ecosystems, heal our planet, and protect the future of the planet by reproducing extinct animals.” He added that they will be able to use these technologies to “restore the animals that humans participated in the extinction.”
Dr. Church clarified the finer details, saying: “Colossal takes advantage of exponential advances in technology to read and write DNA and apply them to iconic ecological protection and carbon storage issues.”
The company has received $15 million in initial funding to support research in Dr. Church’s laboratory and Colossal’s laboratories in Boston and Dallas.