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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.”

In 1914 Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in a zoo - like you will!
In 1914 Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in a zoo – like you will!
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