The Silicon Valley titan, who has openly defied extinction as an certainty, endowed $100,000 in a project designed raise the extinct mammoth back to life
PayPal billionaire and Gawker war-wager Peter Thiel has invested $100,000 in studies and research effort to resurrect the woolly mammoth.
Thiel, who believes that considering demise as inevitable is a clue of complacency of the western world, caused the money to Harvard University genomics professor George Church, whose laboratory is attempting to revive the extinct pachyderm.
The donation, detailed for the first time in a new notebook by Ben Mezrich called Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Restore One of Historys Most Iconic Extinct Creatures, was moved in 2015.
The de-extinction approach taken by Church and his squad will seem familiar to Jurassic Park fans: they are taking DNA extracted from frozen mammoths and using it to genetically modify elephant cadres. So far, according to the book, the team has managed to get mammoth fur to flourish from the side of a mouse grafted with some elephant cadres. The results have yet to be published in any scientific papers.
Peter Thiels team did not respond to requests for confirmation of the investment, but Church told MIT Technology Review that it was true.
Church “re just saying that” over a breakfast, Thiel told him he wanted to fund the craziest thought he was doing. Faith suggested three options: an anti-aging strategy committing gene regiman, a project utilizing human neurons to create artificial intelligence, and the mammoth.
He became for the mammoth.
Its not entirely surprising Thiel wants to fetching a mammal back from the dead. Harmonizing to several interviews, Thiel meets fatality as a terrifying drawback that it was necessary to disrupting.