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Is it ethical to bring back extinct species ?


Posted on Tuesday, 9 April, 2013 | Comment icon 70 comments | News tip by: Render


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Once a species has gone extinct, is it ethically sound to use science to bring it back from oblivion ?

One of the biggest questions raised by the movie blockbuster "Jurassic Park" was that even if we did have the capability to bring extinct species back to life, the question remains whether or not we actually should. With advances in science leading us ever closer to the capacity to resurrect an extinct species, scientists have found themselves pondering the ethical considerations of such an act in addition to the practical possibilities.

One particularly controversial area is in the resurrection of an extinct species of human such as the Neanderthals. If we were able to produce a living Neanderthal, would that person be doomed to a life of scientific experimentation and observation ? Would human rights still apply ?

"Twenty years after the release of Jurassic Park, the dream of bringing back the dinosaurs remains science fiction."

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Comment icon #61 Posted by Hawkin on 13 April, 2013, 20:53
I will agree that we are a part of nature since we share this planet with other species. I just feel that since we have the intellect to control our destiny and the destiny of other species, we should repair what we broke.
Comment icon #62 Posted by DieChecker on 14 April, 2013, 2:08
What if the species that went extint only lived in one lake, or in one small 1 acre field, and fed off only one kind of plant or flower? Are we going to revive a species that was already 99% extinct? What if the plant or the lake that they depended on no longer exists? That is why I think bring back a species into the world is only a good idea if there is somewhere for them to live and thrive. Otherwise your good intentions are just creating a second extinction.
Comment icon #63 Posted by Hawkin on 14 April, 2013, 3:20
When I was born, the Earth's population was half of what it is now. I have a feeling that nature will take care of that.
Comment icon #64 Posted by DieChecker on 14 April, 2013, 19:35
Maybe... Maybe not. Mother Nature is just another god entity that is claimed to have power, but I'd bet she can fade away just as Odin, Jupiter and Zeus have passed away. When humans Create their own environments, we step outside of nature. That is not to say that some plague might not wipe out large numbers of humans, but chiefly what wipes out humans is Other Humans!!
Comment icon #65 Posted by Myles on 16 April, 2013, 22:47
I can certainly understand the arguement that we should only bring back animals who could survive and be prosperous in the wild. Dodo's, Thylacine, passenger pigeon and different deer species would make sense. But I really want both a mastodon and a mammoth to be revived.
Comment icon #66 Posted by markdohle on 19 April, 2013, 14:08
No matter if it is moral to bring back extinct spieces or not... we will do it if we can.
Comment icon #67 Posted by Heaven Is A Halfpipe on 20 April, 2013, 0:50
No it isn't ethical. AKA we'll do it any way until it screws up, then continue to do it. Perhaps if we put a little more effort into looking after the wildlife and animals we already have in the first place then nothing else would be driven to extinction.
Comment icon #68 Posted by Zerocoder on 20 April, 2013, 21:00
most people in the world does not care about the consequenses of their actions, i did not either but now i think twice before i do something Agreed, their called animals for a reason and the reason is their not sentient beings that can think and act, they only show primitive brain functions and if we choose to bring back, i don't think we would let them go to the wild just yet. i was thinking of Controlled enviroment so we could determine if their ready to be released or not.
Comment icon #69 Posted by DieChecker on 22 April, 2013, 19:20
Compared to most of the world, the US is Mega-Uber-Green. India (overpopulation, disease, industry), China (Farming Nitrites, Industial pollutions), Brazil (Deforestation), Central Africa (burning anything they can find, eating anything they can find, overgrazing, desertification).... are all much worse then the US ecologically. There is more woodlands in the US then there was when the English began colonizing 300+ years ago. If there are problems, then sure, science will need to work on them. But the only thing that is unethical in cloning animals is perhaps abusing them for sport. If it is... [More]


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