A new book looks at all sides of the issue of trying to resurrect extinct species.

A new book looks at all sides of the issue of trying to resurrect extinct species.
Photo Credit: Brittwray.com- Greystone Books

De-extinction; new book examines the multitude of issues


(skype interview below : Comments open to post and read at very bottom)

The creatures may have gone extinct anywhere thousands of years ago, like the wooly mammoth, or maybe only a hundred years ago like the passenger pigeon, but they’re gone from Earth forever.

Or maybe not.

Could we resurrect the wooly mammoth, or at least something very close to it? Science is edgng closer to doing such things, but should they?
Could we resurrect the wooly mammoth, or at least something very close to it? Science is edgng closer to doing such things, but should they? © Martin Meissner/Associated Press

There are small groups of scientists and researchers working to “de-extinct” or “resurrect” some of those creatures. Some work on selective breeding, others on genetics in very Jurassic Park like efforts, Indeed that’s where the idea for the hit film came from.

But can it actually be done? Should it be done? What happens if it is done?  These and many many more questions are explored in a new book by Canadian Britt Wray, PhD candidate, science columnist, author, and broadcaster.

It’s called “The Rise of Necrofauna: the Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction.

I reached her at her home in Denmark via skype

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One comment on “De-extinction; new book examines the multitude of issues
  1. Peter Ashcroft says:

    Re-creating extinct creatures is one thing, and finding new ones is another. Life is changing all around us and the reason can be either natural causes and climatic changes, or mankind, with or without basic intention.