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Bringing Back Woolly Mammoths

Mixing mammoth and elephant genes could be the key to saving the Arctic.
Publish Date: Topic: EvolutionEvolutionNova
By Tiffany Dill

Some scientists want to genetically engineer elephants to be more like woolly mammoths. Could this save elephants from extinction and save us from climate change? Resurrecting megafauna sounds like a monster movie plot, but mammoths have the potential to save—not squish—the world. Bringing back mammoths could help us in more dimensions than you might expect—but should we?

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