15 Nov 2017

The ethics of de-extinction

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:07 pm on 15 November 2017

Just because you can recreate a woolly mammoth using DNA from fossil remains doesn't mean you should.

The field of de-extinction, made famous in the Jurassic Park movies, is real. Science writer Britt Wray looks at the technology and the ethics of resurrection science in her new book,  The Sixth Extinction in Rise of the Necrofauna.

The recreation of a mammoth, with the help of an elephant and the CRISPR tool, would require millions of manipulations.

The recreation of a mammoth, with the help of an elephant and the CRISPR tool, would require millions of manipulations. Photo: Wikimedia commons

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