Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Conservation genetics potluck

This article is a quick science news article that brings of the really interesting idea of species resurrection   Currently in development for amphibians, the Lazarus tries to resurrect extinct species.  I found this very interesting.  In terms of future conservation efforts, will this project's success help or hinder the conservation mission.  Some of the mission is driven by the idea that we don't know everything about the species and that in the future, they may prove useful so we cannot let them go extinct now.  If we have the technology to bring species back if, in the future they prove to be useful, will this divert from efforts to keep species from going extinct in the first place, essentially creating a system where we have a genomic biobank but no species in their natural environments.  

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