Nature: Before making a mammoth, ask the public

„What Colossal actually aims to produce is less a mammoth than a new synthetic species, a chimaera of Asian elephant DNA and mitochondria, mammoth genetic code and, from the probable surrogate dam, African elephant epigenetics. The resulting cold-adapted elephants — Colossal hopes — will trample and graze northern Siberia to create something akin to the Ice Age grasslands of the woolly mammoth’s heyday. Compacted, cooler soils and paler, more reflective foliage, will — the company says — help to avert climate disaster. De-extinction this is not. This is synthetic biology meets geoengineering.“