Nov 16

10 Animal Candidates for Genetic Resurrection

Resurrecting extinct animals is both “exhilarating and terrifying,” says Beth Shapiro, an expert in ancient DNA and a biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Exhilarating because of the unprecedented opportunities to understand life and boost conservation efforts, but terrifying in part for its ethical quandaries.

5 Responses to “10 Animal Candidates for Genetic Resurrection”

  1. Steven B

    Has it occurred to these “geniuses” that there may have been good reason for these animals to be extinct. Some of them may not live long anyway once they are “brought back” if they are herbivores. The plant species they feed on may not be available anymore and they might not be able to adapt to what is currently available for fodder. If carnivorous they would most likely be a danger to everyone if ever released into the wild. Some of the herbivores could be as well depending on temperament. Just because “we can” doesn’t mean that we “should”. Maybe bring back dodos or something innocuous.

  2. Mary D

    I would love it if they resurrected thylacines, but then, if there was a viable population of them once again, it would just give people something new to shoot at

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