Bringing Animals Back From Extinction

Guest Host:

Paul Brown
Bringing Animals Back From Extinction

Scientists may soon be able to bring back certain animals that are extinct. But should they? We explore the science and ethics of de-extinction.

It's "Jurassic Park" come true -- sort of. Scientists can't bring back dinosaurs, but they may soon be able to clone DNA from more-recently extinct animals to bring them back to life. Researchers are working now on re-creating a passenger pigeon, a gastric-brooding frog and a mammoth. But the possibility of eventual success has sparked a new debate about the wisdom and the ethics of reversing history.

Guests

James Shreeve

Executive Editor for Science, National Geographic magazine

Ryan Phelan

Co-founder and Executive Director, Revive & Restore project at The Long Now Foundation

Beth Shapiro

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

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TED Talk: The Dawn Of De-Extinction. Are You Ready?

Stewart Brand says we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So -- should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.

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