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De-Extinction Science: Coming To a Future Near You

Mar 13, 2014

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.