De-extinction company plans to bring back the Tasmanian tiger

De-extinction company plans to bring back the Tasmanian tiger

Published August 18, 2022
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Colossal Biosciences, a Dallas company pursuing plans to bring wooly mammoths back to the Arctic tundra, is setting its sights on bringing back another extinct species: the Tasmanian tiger. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1449240174198-2’); });

The Tasmanian tiger, otherwise known as the thylacine, is an Australian marsupial that has been extinct since 1936 after roaming the earth for millions of years. This is the second announced animal de-extinction project from Ben Lamm, co-founder and CEO of Colossal, which uses breakthrough gene-editing technologies for a new wave of wildlife and ecosystem conservation.

“Our goal is to really identify species where de-extinction can help existing degraded ecosystems,” Lamm said. “After we got the right infrastructure and people in place to be working on the mammoth, we started to look at other potential species.”

Colossal has partnered with the University of Melbourne and its Thylacine Integrated Genetic Restoration Research Lab, headed up by Andrew Pask, the leading marsupial evolutionary biologist. Pask, who has been studying the Tasmanian tiger for over 15 years, has also joined Colossal’s Scientific Advisory Board.