Billionaire Paypal founder Peter Thiel ‘bankrolls woolly mammoth resurrection project’

by Luke Higgins

Mammoths went extinct more than 10,000 years ago, with scientists unsure whether human hunting or climate change finished them off. Now Mr Thiel is said to have backed a top Harvard team attempting to bring the enormous mammals back to life The billionaire founder of Paypal has funded an ambitious project to resurrect the woolly mammoth, reports suggest.

Peter Thiel, who is worth $2.7billion (£2.1 billion), has put his own funds into a scheme that will modify elephant cells using DNA recovered from the bodies of frozen mammoths.

The ancient beasts went extinct more than 10,000 years ago, with scientists unsure whether human hunting or climate change finished them off.

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Now Mr Thiel is said to have backed a top Harvard team attempting to bring the enormous mammals back to life.

The claims were published in a book called ‘Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures’, by American author Ben Mezrich.

‘Just remember: It’s only science fiction until we remove the fiction, then it becomes real,’ one scientist told Mr Mezrich, according to MIT Technology Review.

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