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Conference to Consider ‘De-Extinction’ of Lost Species

The potential of reviving extinct species and re-introducing them into the wild may seem like something out of the movie “Jurassic Park,” but some scientists and environmentalists are engaged in an effort to do just that.

The topic of ‘de-extinction’ will be considered in a daylong public forum to be held on 15 March 2013 in Washington, DC.

One of the speakers, Ben Novak of the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been working to extract DNA from specimens of passenger pigeons in the hopes of recreating a species that has been extinct for a century.

Other presenters will address the methods to resurrect species and the ethics of such activities.

The event will be webcast live at

Conference to Consider ‘De-Extinction’ of Lost Species
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