THE DODO could be brought back to life hundreds of years after it went extinct thanks to a DNA breakthrough.
Scientists have, for the first time, sequenced the entire genome of the flightless bird, so it could one day be cloned.
Experts might edit a pigeon’s DNA to include dodo DNA since the two have fairly similar genetics.
3ft tall dodos once roamed Mauritius but were completely extirpated by the 17th century.
The possibility of her return was raised after Professor Beth Shapiro revealed she plans to share the full DNA of a sample soon telegraph reports.
However, during a webinar hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine, she warned that bringing the extinct bird back would not be easy.
“Mammals are simpler,” she explained.
“If I have a cell and it lives in a dish in the lab and I edit it to contain a little bit of dodo DNA, how do I turn that cell into a whole living, breathing, real animal?
“The way we can do that is by cloning it, the same approach that was used to create Dolly the Sheep, but we don’t know how to do that with birds because of the complexity their reproductive pathways.
“So there has to be a different approach to birds, and that’s a really fundamental technological hurdle to extinction.”
“There are groups working on different approaches to this, and I have little doubt we’ll get there, but it’s an additional hurdle for birds that we don’t have for mammals.”
There are similar hopes for them woolly mammothwhose genome has also been fully sequenced thanks to well-preserved specimens found in the permafrost of Siberia.
Entrepreneur Ben Lamm and Harvard geneticist George Church have developed a new gene editing technique Company called Colossal that plans to bring the woolly mammoth back to life.
This would involve splicing the woolly mammoth’s DNA with that of a modern Asian elephant and creating an embryo that could be grown in an artificial womb or surrogate elephant.
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