Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SCIENCE - Jurassic Park? Should We Revive the Woolly Mammoth?

"Potential to revive extinct animals raises ethical questions" PBS NewsHour 4/22/2014


JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  And now, a story on this Earth Day that seems lifted from science fiction.

Researchers and entrepreneurs, many in California, are trying to bring back extinct species.  Some scientists believe it’s a way to correct past mistakes and even help endangered animals.

But just because scientists might be able to do this, are they crossing a line they shouldn’t?

Our colleagues at public TV station KQED in San Francisco explored that question in this story produced by Gabriela Quiros and narrated by Thuy Vu.

JULIANNE MOORE, Actress (Jurassic Park):  I will be right back.

JEFF GOLDBLUM, Actor (Jurassic Park):  Sarah, no, no.

THUY VU, KQED:  The cloned dinosaurs of the “Jurassic Park” movies captured viewers’ imaginations.  But 65 million years after their extinction, there’s no chance scientists can bring dinosaurs back, says University of California, Santa Cruz, biologist Beth Shapiro.

SEE:  "Reawakening Extinct Species" KQED Quest

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