Can (and should?) biotechnology reverse extinction? Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? Is it possible to clone extinct species using the same or similar technologies that created Dolly the sheep in the 1990s? What are the chances that the science fiction of “Jurassic Park” will someday become science fact?
In this lecture Beth Shapiro, ancient DNA scientist and author of How to Clone a Mammoth, discusses the real science behind the emerging idea known as “de-extinction.”