Beth Shapiro

Beth Shapiro

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

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Fri 22 May 2015

Beth Shapiro

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

Beth Shapiro
Fri 22 May 2015,

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient DNA research, walks us through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used — today — to resurrect the past. Journeying to far-flung Siberian locales in search of Ice Age bones and delving into her own research, Shapiro considers de-extinction’s practical benefits and ethical challenges. Would de-extinction change the way we live? Is this really cloning? What are the costs and risks? And what is the ultimate goal?

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