The end of species extinctions is in sight according to scientists, in 2017 scientists plan to bring back the long-gone beasts of old. While the researchers claim they are set to bring back ‘animals;’ the question is will they also be bringing back the Nephilim?
Genetic and stem cell technologies are on the cusp of letting us clone even infertile endangered animals when intact DNA is available. And some extinct species could be brought back by tweaking the genome of a living close relative. It should also be possible to engineer lost traits into a population.
One initiative involves the northern white rhino, which is now down to three infertile individuals living in Kenya. This year, a plan was announced to use stem cell technologies, frozen specimens and assisted reproduction to make new rhinos.
Similarly, genetic rescue could help the black-footed ferret, one of the most endangered mammals in North America, to make a comeback. The first in vitro experiments are set to begin in 2017, and will tackle inbreeding and disease resistance, because a type of plague and an untreatable virus are in danger of wiping out the animals.
Another project is using gene editing to make a chimeric rooster of prairie chickens to help bring back their extinct relative the heath hen. If it works, they hope to revive the passenger pigeon next.
Woolly mammoths are a little further over the horizon. A project is under way to endow Asian elephant eggs with mammoth DNA. After the legwork is done over the next year, the first cloning attempts are scheduled for 2018. – Read More
While some may state it is impossible for scientists to bring back the creatures of old, here is how it could be done:
Scientists recently produced a technology that would allow babies to be born using skin cells and bypasses the standard step of fertilizing an egg cell with sperm. The study hints that eggs may not be unique in their ability to form embryos with sperm and that skin and other cells in the body could even take their place.
“Our work challenges the dogma, held since early embryologists first observed mammalian eggs around 1827 and observed fertilisation 50 years later, that only an egg cell fertilised with a sperm cell can result in live mammalian birth,” said Tony Perry, an embryologist and lead researcher on the project at Bath University.
“What we’re talking about are different ways of making embryos. Imagine that you could take skin cells and make embryos from them? This would have all kinds of utility,” he added.
Skin cells can be taken from very, very old and dead skeletons, which means that scientists could bring back the creatures of old, in fact, one professor had already proposed something very similar.
Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School believes he can reconstruct Neanderthal DNA and resurrect the species which became extinct 33,000 years ago. His scheme is reminiscent of Jurassic Park but, while in the film dinosaurs were created in a laboratory, Professor Church’s ambitious plan requires a human volunteer. He said his analysis of Neanderthal genetic code using samples from bones is complete enough to reconstruct their DNA.
He said: ‘Now I need an adventurous female human. ‘It depends on a hell of a lot of things, but I think it can be done.’ Professor Church’s plan would begin by artificially creating Neanderthal DNA based on genetic code found in fossil remains. He would put this DNA into stem cells. These would be injected into cells from a human embryo in the early stages of life.
It is thought that the stem cells would steer the development of the hybrid embryo on Neanderthal lines, rather than human ones.
The collusion of researchers could potentially produce the successful result of recreating a species of old. in fact, already proposed is the ideology of bringing back “extinct” animals.
In reality scientists are set to bring back the Nephilim, what say you reader?