Genesis 2.0, new film on mammoths


This 2018 video says about itself:

SUNDANCE 2018 WINNER – BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The hunt for white gold at the remotest edge of Siberia reveals a scenario of the future that may well turn our world upside down.

On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters search for tusks of extinct mammoths. One day, they discover a surprisingly well-preserved mammoth carcass. Resurrecting the woolly mammoth is a first manifestation of the next great technological revolution – genetics.

I went to see this film on 11 January 2018.

A main person in this documentary is Semyon Egorovich Grigoriev, the director of the mammoth museum in Yakutsk in Siberia. He would like to bring a mammoth back to life by having fossil cells cloned.

Dutch Thijs van Kolfschoten, Leiden University paleontology professor, says in the VPRO gids, 12 January 2019, commenting on the film, that cloning mammoths would only become interesting for him if it would mean thousands of mammoths in a regenerated Pleistocene landscape.

Unfortunately, neither the VPRO gids article, nor the film mention the Pleistocene Park nature reserve in Siberia, where an experiment is going on in bringing back Ice Age plants and animals, in which mammoths might fit.

Resurrecting woolly mammoth cells is hard to do. Biological activity seen in an experiment may be more mouse than mammoth, one cloning expert says. By Tina Hesman Saey, 7:00am, March 18, 2019.

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