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De-extinction

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I just finished watching a series of speakers presented by National Geographic and TEDx on the subject of de-extinction. This deals with the various ways in which scientists are working on bringing back certain species of plants and animals that are either functionally extinct (as in the American Chestnut), or whose wild genes were adulterated through selective breeding (the European wild horse) as well as the possibility of recreation of truly extinct animals (such as the Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, Mammoth, Thylacine, Gastric Brooding Frog, to name a few).

The goal is not to create some fantasy island like "Jurassic Park" but rather to try and resurrect species that man directly or indirectly caused to go into extinction over the last few hundred years and return them to their respective places in their native ecosystems.

The show focused on genetic techniques, hybridizing, conservation, restoring habitats and much more.

Just curious if anyone else has watched the presentation and what they thought of it.

It can be at: http://new.livestream.com/tedx/DeExtinction

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Wonder how they would do the thylacine?. Although it looks K9, it is not related to dogs at all. Perhaps use a Kangaroo as host mother?

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