The Silicon Valley titan, who has openly defied fatality as an certainty, expended $100,000 in a project to wreak the extinct mammoth back to life
PayPal billionaire and Gawker war-wager Peter Thiel has invested $100,000 in a research great efforts to resurrect the woolly mammoth.
Thiel, who am of the opinion that viewing demise as inevitable is evidence of complacency of the western world, granted 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 work by Ben Mezrich called Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Restore One of Historys Most Iconic Extinct Creatures, was constituted in 2015.
The de-extinction approach taken by Church and his crew will reverberate well known to Jurassic Park fans: they are taking DNA removed 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 ripen from the side of a mouse grafted with some elephant cells. The answers 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 happen he was doing. Church hinted three options: an anti-aging scheme involving gene care, a project exploiting human neurons to create artificial intelligence, and the mammoth.
He exited for the mammoth.
Its not entirely surprising Thiel wants to bringing a mammal back from the dead. According to several interviews, Thiel receives extinction as a horrendous hindrance that it was necessary to disrupting.