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De-extinction or Resurrection Biology
09-24-2014, 02:47 PM #1
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:There's a new buzzword making the rounds of trendy tech conferences and environmental think tanks: de-extinction. Thanks to ongoing advances in DNA technology, as well as the ability of scientists to recover soft tissue from fossilized animals, it may soon be possible to breed Tasmanian Tigers, Woolly Mammoths and Dodo Birds back into existence, presumably undoing the wrongs that mankind inflicted on these gentle beasts in the first place.


09-24-2014, 03:01 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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09-24-2014, 03:12 PM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I agree that the money spent for de-extinction would be better served at preserving and conserving existing species. Unless, hybridization is used in a way that new species can self-sustain and be beneficial to mankind, then I am all for the money going in that direction. I find this a fascinating field of science.
09-24-2014, 03:22 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Then there is natural hybridization.

Hybrid bear.

09-24-2014, 04:38 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Not so certain it's the right thing to do unless viable breeding pairs can be cloned from several different sources.
If that can happen you give the population a chance to be viable and happy.
It would suck to be brought to life in some alien zoo as the only human, with no friends, no one of the opposite sex.
It brings up some complex animal rights issues. Will, "we did it because we can" win?

09-24-2014, 04:43 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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Haven't they seen Jurassic Park? damned.gif
09-24-2014, 04:49 PM #7
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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To JR: Yes, then there are the questions of climate change impact and if they will even have a habitat in which to flourish.

To Octo: Yes, they must have or perhaps they got the idea from reading people's envisioning of Atlantis and it's goings on.



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