Using the gene-editing tool Crispr, a team at Harvard thinks they're about two years away from resurrecting the woolly mammoth, at least a hybrid thereof:
The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering.
Speaking ahead of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston this week, the scientist leading the “de-extinction” effort said the Harvard team is just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo, in which mammoth traits would be programmed into an Asian elephant.
What they plan to do with the embryo remains unclear, as it's unlikely that they'd be permitted to implant their embryo into an endangered species in a gestational experiment running 645 to 660 days. They plan to use Asian elephant cells because Asian elephants are more closely related to mammoths than are African elephants; the goal is apparently to splice mammoth DNA retrieved from Siberia into the elephant cells. Exactly why they want to do this is also unclear, but it's a pretty safe bet that there's a lot of federal grant money involved. Maybe the feds hope to resurrect Hitler one day, although as we already have Trump, there seems little point, since the Left are convinced that he's Hitler reincarnated.
Anyway, geologists are now claiming to have discovered the continent of Zealandia, which they think deserves status as the eighth continent on the planet. This is not to be confused with Portlandia, which is a comedy sketch series about the idiocies in Portland, Oregon.
Geologists claim to have discovered a new continent to the east of Australia: Zealandia. At 4.9 million square kilometres of land mass, 94 per cent of which is under water, Zealandia would be the world's smallest continent.
The 11 scientists behind the claim presented their findings in the study "Zealandia: Earth's Hidden Continent" in Geological Society of America, making a case for Zealandia to be recognised as the world's eighth continent in its own right.
According to the study, the 94 per cent of Zealandia currently submerged broke away from Australia and sank 60-85 million years ago.
And science marches on.