De-extinction: Should We Revive Extinct Species?

Thinking of resurrecting an extinct species? Dodos, passenger pigeons and woolly mammoths could be walking the earth again due to recent advances in breeding, genetics, and cloning technologies. But raising the dead also raises difficult ethical questions, with many scientists and conservationists jumping in on both sides of the debate. How can we implement de-extinction safely and responsibly? Should we be doing it at all?

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Silhouette Portrait Miniature c1790

Cheeks pink from skipping, a girl, teeth

missing, grins at her name. She swings

her legs, asks the candle, will it tickle?

She stifles a giggle as her aunt’s nimble

quill catches the shadow of her likeness,

doll’s leg in loose fingers.

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