Until four hundred years ago, a wild, long-horned ancestor of cattle roamed across much of Europe. The last of these stately creatures — known as aurochs — went extinct in the 1600s.
But what if there were a way to bring them back?
Last year David MacHugh, a professor of genomics at University College Dublin in Ireland, and his colleagues sequenced the first aurochs genome in December, reporting their findings in the journal Genome Biology. And MacHugh thinks it may be possible to recreate an aurochs (the singular and plural form of the word for the animal) someday, thanks to advances in gene editing technology.
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