In a historic building in Deep Ellum, a colossal effort is underway to bring some of the most famously extinct animals back to life.
The wild mission comes from a Dallas-based company called Colossal Biosciences which is working to de-extinct the woolly mammoth, lost 4,000 years ago.
Matt James is Colossal's chief animal officer.
“We are creating technology that's going to change tomorrow with de-extinction but what's amazing is that those technologies are making a difference to endangered species conservation today,” said James.
Using DNA from Asian elephants and DNA recovered from woolly mammoths frozen in the arctic tundra, researchers at Colossal Biosciences are using gene editing technology to reengineer the genome of an Asian elephant until it reflects that of a woolly mammoth.
“As it turns out the woolly mammoth and Asian elephant are 99.6% gnomically similar,” said James.