Intelligent design would become the most likely hypothesis to abductively explain the data of life’s history.
There are many, many ways that science has stopped functioning. Certainly, one of them is that it incentivizes the wrong things.
So it appears that self-contained gene transposon “packages” permit transfer of genes from one species to another
Of course no one “believes in Carl Sagan,” but that is exactly the point — the oath has no teeth.
The idea is to recreate some of the DNA from the sequencing of frozen mammoths, and inject it into an Asian elephant egg.