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September 23, 2014

Techy Tuesday: Playing God With De-Extinction?

Last night’s PBS documentary on the 100th Anniversary of the demise of passenger pigeons touched briefly on the idea of bringing them back from extinction by cloning their DNA.  Is that playing god?  In a recent National Geographic cover story on de-extinction Michael Archer, a paleontologist at the University of New South Wales says “I think we played God when we exterminated these animals.”

The idea of restoring animals bumped out of existence by human greed and avarice is gaining interest, as evidenced by an articles in Smithsonian on passenger pigeons and EO Wilson’s efforts to restore wildlife corridors aver. … Read the rest