DFW company attempting to bring Tasmanian tiger back from extinction

Colossal Biosciences previously announced plans to revive the woolly mammoth

Last year, it was announced that a DFW company was attempting to revive the woolly mammoth. Now, that same company has announced plans to bring another animal back from extinction. Colossal Biosciences will attempt to revive the Tasmanian Tiger, which has been extinct since 1936.

Using advances in genetics, ancient DNA retrieval and artificial reproduction, Colossal Biosciences hopes to bring the Tasmanian Tiger back to life. Also known as a thylacine, the tiger disappeared about 2,000 years ago from everywhere except the Australian island of Tasmania. However, the only marsupial apex predator that lived in modern times was unpopular with humans, leading to its extinction.

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“Unfortunately we are not seeing a slowing down in species loss. This technology offers a chance to correct this and could be applied in exceptional circumstances where cornerstone species have been lost," said Andrew Pask, a professor at the University of Melbourne and head of its Thylacine Integrated Genetic Restoration Research Lab. According to CNN, the Tasmanian Tiger once played an important role in Tasmania’s ecosystem. Between the woolly mammoth and the Tasmanian Tiger, Colossal Biosciences is ready to bring the world back to prehistoric times.

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