Is extinction no longer forever? The promises and pitfalls of de-extinction

Curated by Girls Are Awesome at the Made In Space 2017 Festival

99% of all species to have ever lived on Earth are already extinct. Today, species are disappearing at a rate that hasn’t been seen since the dinosaurs vanished nearly 66 million years ago. To mitigate this loss, a group of international researchers have come together under the banner of “de-extinction” to try and recreate some of those extinct species. But how possible is it to attain their goals? And should they be pursuing them in the first place?

In this talk, I investigated some of the pressing biological, technological, ethical, environmental, and legal questions raised by this fascinating new field to offer a captivating look at the best and worst of resurrection science.