With what I know any application of this would be a long long time into the future, but maybe that's incorrect and there are short-cuts available.
As a somewhat unrelated aside, I think that if we bite the big one as a species, Waschbär (raccoons) might inherit the Earth. They have that combination of clever "hands", social structures, omnivorous diets that could make it work for them. Still, beneath it all, the water bears will secretly rule, through freeze and thaw.
 - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12767821
I had crows and elephants on my list. But raccoons actually make a lot of sense.
I'm glad that I'm not the only one who thinks about this kind of thing by the way.
I believe elephants can manipulate the ends of their trunk like fingers plus having tusks to hold things against.
In any case I'm putting my money on racoons now.
"Extremotolerant tardigrade genome and improved radiotolerance of human cultured cells by tardigrade-unique protein."