The Reading / Listening - Woolly Mammoths - Level 2

Scientists want to bring back the woolly mammoth - an ancestor of the elephant. It became extinct 4,000 years ago. The idea to bring it back to life is like something from the movie Jurassic Park. Scientists will use the DNA from mammoth bones to clone the giant animal. It would be the first time since the Ice Age for a mammoth to walk on the earth. The lead scientist is a geneticist from Harvard. He is an expert in editing DNA and genes. Ben Lamm, a businessman working on the project, said: "Our goal is to have our first calves in the next four to six years."

Mr Lamm created a technology and software company and gave $15 million for this research. He said he has big plans to bring the mammoth back to life and to return it to its Arctic home. He also wants to revive other species. Mr Lamm believes the research will result in new ideas that will improve biotechnology and health care. Lamm said the project was like the Apollo missions to the moon. They led to the development of everyday products like freeze-dried food, and of technology such as GPS. Mr Lamm believes research into genes will also improve our lives.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Woolly Mammoths - Level 0 Woolly Mammoths - Level 1   or  Woolly Mammoths - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/13/firm-bring-back-woolly-mammoth-from-extinction
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/13/world/woolly-mammoth-resurrect-deextinction-scn/index.html
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/09/13/resurrect-woolly-mammoth-company-plans/8325439002/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. an ancestor
  2. It became extinct
  3. clone the
  4. the first time since
  5. The lead scientist is
  6. He is an expert in
  7. a businessman working
  8. in the next
  1. four to six years
  2. giant animal
  3. editing DNA
  4. of the elephant
  5. on the project
  6. the Ice Age
  7. a geneticist
  8. 4,000 years ago

Paragraph 2

  1. return it to its
  2. He also wants to revive
  3. the research will result
  4. the Apollo missions
  5. They led to the development of
  6. freeze-
  7. technology such
  8. research into genes will also
  1. to the moon
  2. improve our lives
  3. everyday products
  4. other species
  5. as GPS
  6. Arctic home
  7. dried food
  8. in new ideas

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists want to (1) ___________________ woolly mammoth - an ancestor of the elephant. (2) ___________________ 4,000 years ago. The idea to bring it back to life is (3) ___________________ the movie Jurassic Park. Scientists will use the DNA from mammoth (4) ___________________ the giant animal. It would be the first time since the Ice Age for a mammoth to walk on the earth. The lead scientist (5) ___________________ from Harvard. He is an expert in editing DNA and genes. Ben Lamm, a businessman working on the project, said: "Our goal is to (6) ___________________ calves in the next four to six years."

Mr Lamm created a technology (7) ___________________ and gave $15 million for this research. He said he (8) ___________________ to bring the mammoth back to life and to return it to its Arctic home. He also (9) ___________________ other species. Mr Lamm believes the research will result in new ideas that will improve biotechnology and health care. Lamm said the project was like the Apollo (10) ___________________ moon. They led to the development of everyday products like (11) ___________________, and of technology such as GPS. Mr Lamm believes (12) ___________________ will also improve our lives.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistswanttobringbackthewoollymammoth-anancestorofthee
lephant.Itbecameextinct4,000yearsago.Theideatobringitbacktolifei
slikesomethingfromthemovieJurassicPark.ScientistswillusetheDNA
frommammothbonestoclonethegiantanimal.Itwouldbethefirsttimes
incetheIceAgeforamammothtowalkontheearth.Theleadscientistisa
geneticistfromHarvard.HeisanexpertineditingDNAandgenes.BenLa
mm,abusinessmanworkingontheproject,said:"Ourgoalistohaveourf
irstcalvesinthenextfourtosixyears."MrLammcreatedatechnologyan
dsoftwarecompanyandgave$15millionforthisresearch.Hesaidhehas
bigplanstobringthemammothbacktolifeandtoreturnittoitsArctichom
e.Healsowantstoreviveotherspecies.MrLammbelievestheresearchw
illresultinnewideasthatwillimprovebiotechnologyandhealthcare.La
mmsaidtheprojectwasliketheApollomissionstothemoon.Theyledtot
hedevelopmentofeverydayproductslikefreeze-driedfood,andoftec
hnologysuchasGPS.MrLammbelievesresearchintogeneswillalsoimpr
oveourlives.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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