De-extinction: Mammoth prospect, or just woolly?
Some scientists are now seriously considering the possibility of bringing back extinct animals. But can it be done, and if so, what would be the use?The film Jurassic Park - based on a novel by Michael Crichton - is a rather cautionary take on the merits, or otherwise, of using technology to revive extinct species.
The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released 20 years ago and tells the story of an eccentric billionaire
Needless to say, it all goes horribly wrong, leaving the protagonists to fight for their lives against voracious velociraptors and a fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex.The basic science that originally inspired the story has matured to the point where some scientists are now seriously considering the possibility of resurrecting some extinct animals, and the habitats they occupied.
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There are lots of people saying can we? I have yet to see anyone asking Should we? which is really the more important question.