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Science Could Soon Bring Species Back to Life

Publication Date: 
September 03, 2013
Source: 
KQED Radio - Forum with Michael Krasny
Author: 
Michael Krasny

Professor Hank Greely participated in a KQED discussion hosted by Michael Krasny about the ethical issues surrounding the possibility of de-extinction.

Can, and should, we bring species back from extinction? Advances in biotechnology may enable us to revive the passenger pigeon, the great auk, and even the wooly mammoth -- and help restore biodiversity and genetic diversity in the process. But critics say that de-extinction efforts distract from important conservation priorities like combating habitat destruction and saving existing species. We discuss the issue.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

Hank Greely, law professor and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University

Ryan Phelan, executive director and co-founder of Revive and Restore, a project within The Long Now Foundation

Stuart L. Pimm, Doris Duke professor of conservation ecology at Duke University