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Scientists are using stem cell technology to 'de-extinct' the dodo

By T.K. Randall
February 19, 2024 · Comment icon 15 comments

Can the dodo be brought back to life ? Image Credit: Roelant Savery
A US startup firm has come up with a plan to resurrect the dodo and return it to its natural habitat.
This iconic flightless bird, which once inhabited the island of Mauritius, is perhaps the best known example of a species hunted to extinction by man - a creature that has since become synonymous with the idea that our activities on this planet can have dire consequences for other species.

The first reported encounter with a dodo was by Dutch sailors in 1598 and by 1662 the species had been completely wiped out due to hunting and the destruction of its habitat.

Now, though, Texas-based startup Colossal Biosciences is hoping to turn back the clock by using a combination of stem cell technology and genome editing to bring the dodo back to life.

They are so optimistic, in fact, that they have even partnered with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to find their new flock of live dodos a place to live in their natural habitat.

To 'de-extinct' the birds, the firm plans to modify the DNA of its closest living relative - the Nicobar pigeon - and combine it with the preserved DNA of an actual dodo.
The genome is then inserted into a live pigeon egg and zapped with electricity.

The resulting embryo would then be brought to term, resulting in an actual living dodo.

"The dodo, a bird intimately woven in the DNA of Mauritius, is also sadly iconic for the role mankind played in its extinction," said Vikash Tatayah, director of conservation at the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.

"It also symbolizes efforts to prevent species extinctions."

"We are so grateful for Colossal's technologies and the promise to return this iconic species, extinct since the 1680s, to its native environment."

Source: Mail Online | Comments (15)

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Comment icon #6 Posted by Tatetopa 1 year ago
Back on the plains of the Central US where it used to graze in an enormous Pleistocene Park. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by joc 1 year ago
Damn you Myles!!  Damn you!  3 minutes and 48 precious seconds of my life gone!  just gone!  Damn you!
Comment icon #8 Posted by newbloodmoon 1 year ago
I can see a “Church of Dodo” come out of this. But hey if they do bring it back would that church have a leg up on the Christians ? Because they could at least say their guy came back.
Comment icon #9 Posted by DanL 1 year ago
You could allow them to be free in some of the huge national lands that are all over the country. If nothing else send them to Texas we have a lot of places where they would fit in pretty well. They would be great in one of our big drive -through zoos and safaris. Anything that we killed into extinction, if possible, we should bring them back.
Comment icon #10 Posted by curiouse 1 year ago
Just DONT DO IT leave it.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles 1 year ago
I would say northern Canada.  
Comment icon #12 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 1 year ago
Im cool with this and yes there are plenty of spaces where they can be. So bring them back....
Comment icon #13 Posted by MysteryMike 2 months ago
Why bother? The moment its brought back, it'll probably die in a matter of minutes due to complications.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Jon the frog 2 months ago
There's a project in Siberia waiting for them.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Bavarian Raven 2 months ago
No reason not to do this.

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