DEC 08, 2017 07:07 PM PST

Should we use Genetics to Bring Back Extinct Species?

WRITTEN BY: Carmen Leitch

Many species have gone extinct, an estimated five billion, over the course of history. Humans are to blame to for the loss of many organisms, some of which have been plentiful at the time we turned our attention toward them. Some think that dozens of species are going extinct every single day. Maybe we could undo it for some of them, however.

First, we have to have a good genetic sample to bring an animal back to life. That puts dinosaurs in the highly unlikely category of animals that we'll see roaming the planet again; we haven't obtained a robust, complete DNA sample from a dinosaur. But, we do have woolly mammoth genome samples.

Giving life to extinct animals would require cloning. With an excellent DNA sample and some edits, we can make the necessary modifications so an elephant would be able to carry a wooly mammoth-elephant hybrid to term, and give birth to a successful organism. That animal would then have to live somewhere, something that would absolutely have to be carefully considered before any we start resurrecting extinct species. Check out the video for more discussion.
About the Author
  • Experienced research scientist and technical expert with authorships on 28 peer-reviewed publications, traveler to over 60 countries, published photographer and internationally-exhibited painter, volunteer trained in disaster-response, CPR and DV counseling.
You May Also Like
NOV 21, 2019
Plants & Animals
NOV 21, 2019
Imagine a World Without Insects...
People tend to dislike insects, especially ant, beetle, cockroach, and mosquito varieties, but before suggesting that a world without insects would be a wo...
NOV 21, 2019
Earth & The Environment
NOV 21, 2019
The Amazon is Still Burning
Although other crises may be dominating international news headlines, the Amazon rainforest is still burning. The Wall Street Journal stated that more than...
NOV 21, 2019
Clinical & Molecular DX
NOV 21, 2019
Forecasting Chronic Pain
Chronic pain comes in many forms. Over half of those suffering from chronic pain, say they experience life-altering levels of pain on a daily basis. Many s...
NOV 21, 2019
Space & Astronomy
NOV 21, 2019
New Technologies Are Headed for the International Space Station
Space is hard, and for that reason, researchers are always trying to come up with new ways to make it easier. One of the best places for new technologies t...
NOV 21, 2019
Chemistry & Physics
NOV 21, 2019
Will Thorium Reactors Have a Future in Clean Energy?
In its pure form, thorium is a silver-black colored metal. Named after Thor, the hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder, it is the 90th element on the period...
NOV 21, 2019
Health & Medicine
NOV 21, 2019
Climate Crisis Will Impact Children The Most
Many are already feeling the impacts of climate change around the world. Heat waves, severe storms, and flooding have affected humans of all ages. However,...
Loading Comments...