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Ethics, Scientific progress

07 - 08 - 2017

Should extinct species be recreated?

Our planet seems to be living the sixth great extinction of animal and plant species caused by human activity. Researchers at the Hastings Center, USA, are conducting a project on the de-extinction of species, the idea of recreating extinct species and reintegrating them into the environment. They have just published a very comprehensive dossier on this issue.

They conclude that biological recreation of a species is not enough to save it. Interactions between genetic populations and the environment are numerous and a recreated species could not live in a modified physical and social environment.

The main priority remains the preservation of the environment.