The "De-extinction" Dilema
How cool would it be to see the extinct giant woolly mammoth roam the Earth again?! Scientists have become increasing close to making this possible by splicing ancient mammoth DNA into Asian Elephant DNA. Bringing back mammoths would be an incredible scientific breakthrough, but what if this breakthrough comes at the cost of losing the currently endangered elephant populations or decline/extinction of species who now inhabit the niche left by the mammoth?
Scientists are now tackling this dilemma. Many scientists are arguing that DE-extinction is too expensive and that this funding should be used to help the currently endangered species. It is estimated that it would cost tens of millions to resurrect extinct species. Many scientist also argue that this process is not 100% and could possibly not even work. With the millions invested in the DE-extinction of one species many critically endangered species could be conserved. The costs here may outweigh the benefits.
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Source of Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/science/revive-restore-extinct-species-dna-mammoth-passenger-pigeon.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fearth&action=click&contentCollection=earth®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront