Researchers from Melbourne University have set up a lab to regenerate a tilacin or a twilight wolf that disappeared about 100 years ago, and the project has secured $10 million funding from the American company Colossal Biosciences, which is involved in editing DNA and working to revive the wool mammoth.
The project consists of several complex phases. First, researchers need to create a detailed genome of an extinct animal and compare it to the DNA of its nearest living relative, a fatty bat, then take live sex and stem cells from this species and change every part of the genome that is different from the wolf.
When genetic changes are introduced, you can create an embryo that can carry a wandy mouse, although it is much smaller than an adult wolf, all the twigs are born the size of a rice seed, which means that even a twilight animal the size of a mouse can serve as a surrogate for a much larger tilacin.
Our ultimate goal with this technology is to bring these species back into the wild, where they played an absolutely important role in the ecosystem, so we hope that one day you will see them again in the Tasmanian fields.
Tilacin, a twilight animal the size of a coyote, disappeared nearly 2,000 years ago, almost everywhere except for the Australian island of Tasmania. As the only twilight top predator living in our time, he played a key role in his ecosystem. European settlers on the island accused and actively hunted for the death of their livestock.