New Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back to Life

New Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back to Life

Scientists are attempting to bring extinct species back to life. Through recent breakthroughs in genetics, researchers hope to revive the passenger pigeon, woolly mammoth and others. But conservationists warn that "de-extinction" is no panacea to the current extinction crisis.

The passenger pigeon went extinct almost 100 years ago. But new breakthroughs in genetics are encouraging scientists to try to bring this bird species and other extinct animals back to life. Scientists say reviving the passenger pigeon, the woolly mammoth and other species long thought to be gone forever will transform the way we think about extinction and life itself. And the new technology is beginning to be applied to help save endangered animals. Yet some wildlife conservationists warn so-called “de-extinction” is expensive and will not come close to solving the current extinction crisis.

Guests

Ryan Phelan

co-founder and executive director, Revive and Restore

Elizabeth Kolbert

author, "The Sixth Extinction". She is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of "Field Notes on a Catastrophe."

Will Turner

chief scientist, Conservation International

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