Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. March 13, 1-2 pm
11:51 am
Thu March 13, 2014

De-Extinction Science: Coming To a Future Near You

The passenger pigeon, once the most common bird in North America, became extinct in 1914. But a group of scientists is working on bringing the bird back to life through the latest in genome technology.
The passenger pigeon, once the most common bird in North America, became extinct in 1914. But a group of scientists is working on bringing the bird back to life through the latest in genome technology.

A growing number of scientists worldwide are working on projects to bring back to life animals like the wooly mammoth and the passenger pigeon. But is the revival of extinct species a good thing for humanity? Or for the planet? We get into the science and the controversy of de-extinction with Nathaniel Rich, the writer behind The New York Times Magazine's cover story, The Mammoth Cometh.

ADDITIONAL READING:

The National Geographic's extensive multimedia coverage of  de-extinction.

Ted Talks about de-extinction.

Elizabeth Kolbert, a science writer for The New Yorker, criticizes the practice.

A defense of de-extinction.

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