- This event is a production of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta as part of the Atlanta European Science Café series.
- It is free and open to the public, but registration at the Eventbrite page is requested: http://bit.ly/2Vr9f1C.
- RSVPs on this meetup page do not reserve seats.
- Doors open at 6:00 pm for a welcome reception.
- There is ample free parking at the Carter Center; consult this MARTA guide for alternative transit options: http://bit.ly/2VvJu0w.
Year after year, the mammoth hunters set out on a dangerous journey to the remote New Siberian Islands in the far north of Siberia. They dig into the earth in search of the tusks of extinct mammoths — precious ivory that they can sell for huge sums of money. Because the permafrost is thawing, entire mammoth carcasses are also coming to light, and scientists are showing great interest in these finds. Cloning researchers and molecular biologists are working with a variety of methods to achieve their goal of bringing the woolly mammoth back to life. The film takes us from the archaic landscape of the New Siberian Islands to a mammoth museum in Yakutsk, a meeting of young scientists in Boston, the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, to a commercial cloning company in South Korea, and to gene data bank in Shenzhen, China.
The Swiss filmmaker Christian Frei will be on hand for a Q&A to follow the screening. He will be joined in the discussion by Georgia Tech Assistant Professor Jenny McGuire who leads the Spatial Ecology & Paleontology Lab there.