For the first time in over 3,000 years, the functional components of wooly mammoth DNA have been brought to life (albeit in a petri dish). The achievement represents an important step towards potential efforts to bring the extinct species back.
So, we are going to do this. In our lifetimes, we will genetically engineer an extinct species and bring it back from oblivion.
An exquisitely preserved wooly mammoth is currently undergoing an autopsy in Siberia. Some experts believe they'll be able to extract high quality DNA and cells from the remains which could conceivably be used to clone the extinct mammal. The question now is, should we?
Futurist Stewart Brand, founder of The Long Now Foundation, has a new mission in life. He wants to bring extinct species back from the dead. Some ecologists thing that's an awful idea. Here are the arguments on both sides of the de-extincting debate.
In the coastal UK town of Dungeness, the extinct short-haired bumblebee has returned and is thriving. This is fantastic news, especially since bee extinctions are a serious concern. Without bees, it will be almost impossible to raise crops like apples, onions and broccoli that depend on bees for fertilization.
Just a few days ago, we were asking if de-extinction was possible, and today, we're a huge step closer to bringing recently extinct species back to life. Researchers have announced that they've grown early-stage embryos of the gastric-brooding frog, a species that has been extinct since 1983.
De-extinction is the act of bringing an entire species back from the grave. It's the real-life version of Jurassic Park. And tomorrow, National Geographic and the Long Now Foundation are sponsoring a special TEDxDeExtinction event, where scientists and researchers are discussing whether we'll ever bring back mastodons…