Giant Tortoise in Floreana Island’s breeding program (photo courtesy of galapagos.org).
What if we could bring extinct animal species back from the dead? This week, Terra Informer Sofia Osborne brings us a story about de-extinction: the use of selective breeding, cloning, and genetic engineering to “resurrect” extinct species. This technology poses a lot of moral and ethical questions—would these “de-extincted” animal species be authentic? Could they ever be wild? Do we owe it to the species we’ve driven to extinction to bring them back? And who should decide whether we use this technology? Listen now to dive into these questions and more.
Reading List: Looking for more information on de-extinction? Check out these reads:
- How to Clone a Mammoth by Beth Shapiro
- “The Perils of De-extinction” by Ben Minteer (http://www.benaminteer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Minteer-The_Perils_of_De-extinction.pdf)
- The IUCN SSC Guiding Principles on Creating Proxies of Extinct Species for Conservation Benefit (https://portals.iucn.org/library/sites/library/files/documents/Rep-2016-009.pdf)
Zoological illustration of Passenger Pigeons from 1907 (Wikimedia Commons)