The Silicon Valley titan, who has openly challenged demise as an certainty, vested $100,000 in a project designed create 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 is therefore of the opinion that considering death as inevitable is a signaling of complacency of the western world, handed 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 brand-new volume by Ben Mezrich called Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of Historys Most Iconic Extinct Creatures, was manufactured in 2015.
The de-extinction approach taken by Church and his team will seem familiar to Jurassic Park followers: they are taking DNA removed from frozen mammoths and using it to genetically modify elephant cells. So far, according to the book, the team has been possible to get mammoth fur to originate from the side of a mouse grafted with some elephant cadres. The develops 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 said that over a breakfast, Thiel told him he wanted to fund the craziest happen he was doing. Church recommended three alternatives: an anti-aging scheme implying gene therapy, a project utilizing human neurons to create artificial intelligence, and the mammoth.
He went for the mammoth.
Its not entirely surprising Thiel wants to accompanying a mammal back from the dead. According to several interviews, Thiel visualizes demise as a awful hindrance that it was necessary to disrupting.