The world is not in store for a real-life “Jurassic Park,” after scientists recently admitted they had passed over our prehistoric pals for possible “de-extinction.”
An easier way of saying it is: Scientists could clone dinosaurs and resurrect the species, but they won’t, because real-life scientists are smarter than movies make them out to be.
The subject of resurrecting long-kaput species like the woolly mammoth, the passenger pigeon, or even potentially the fabled dodo, was expected to come up at the National Geographic Society’s Washington conference yesterday.
Organizers for the event said that recent leaps and bound made in the field of molecular biology and new conservation perspectives are making a new field dubbed “de-extinction” possible. “De-extinction” is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: Go on down the list of extinct or near-extinct species and bring them back from oblivion, and that list could include dinosaurs.
The conference was reported to include discussions of the ethical issues regarding the resurrection of extinct species. Among those questions, should the resurrected species be re-released into the wild? Which species do we choose?
The second question apparently rules out dinosaurs. The possibility of a real-life “Jurassic Park” scenario occurring are slim-to-none, probably because in real life, asking “Hey, I wonder if we can clone 5 or 6 velociraptors,” is never answered by “That sounds good. Let’s just make sure we build a concrete habitat to keep them in with electrified fences.”
Speakers at the conference included Chris Anderson, curator of the TED Conference talk series, Australian paleontologist Michael Archer and Spanish researcher Alberto Fernandez-Arias, who has been working on the cloning of an extinct goat.
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