Saturday, 16 March 2013

Revive the baby eating frog?

So, here is a brilliant TED Talk on de-extinction, by Stewart Brand. So de-extinction is exactly what it sounds like - cloning extint animals to return them to life (think jurassic park but real, though hopefully we learnt out lesson already).

The idea of de-extinction as a method of reversing some of the damage done by humans is noble and I support it in principle... but when it comes to reviving creatures like the baby eating frog which gives birth through its mouth, I start to wonder if these creatures were unfairly extincted or if they simply couldn't keep up with natural selection.

If you agree with me or even if you don't, you have to ask the question, where do you draw the line? At what point is it no longer worthwhile to revive an extinct species?

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