Can Extinct Animals Be Brought Back to Life?


| LAST UPDATE 01/16/2023

By Veronica Anderson
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Over the years, animals have become extinct for various reasons like climate change, loss of habitat, and hunting. However, with technological advances, it's now possible to bring some of these animals back from the dead. So let's take a closer look at how this technology is possible.

The process of de-extinction, or bringing back animals from the dead, is a complicated one. Scientists must first find suitable remnants of extinct species, such as bone marrow and ancient DNA; then, they must investigate the feasibility of recreating organisms through cloning technology. If the project succeeds, the next step is to re-introduce a species into an appropriate environment that favors its survival. So far, it has been used in different forms to successfully bring back species that were thought to be lost forever - including Pyrenean Ibexes and passenger pigeons.

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Reviving extinct animals could have game-changing benefits that go far beyond the realm of biology and ecology. Re-introducing extinct species to their local habitats would restore balance to ecosystems, help control populations of invasive species, help protect endangered organisms and even improve local economies through tourism. However, reviving already extinct species can be quite challenging, despite the incredible technological advances. Aside from obtaining viable DNA and tissue samples from an extinct species, there are additional steps involved, such as obtaining a surrogate mother, incubation, and nurturing the newborn animal up to adulthood that could make the process impossibly difficult.

Furthermore, scientists must consider the ethical implications of recreating a species. There are multiple ethical considerations that need to be considered with this process as it raises biological, environmental, and even philosophical issues. We cannot ignore the potential consequences; we must contemplate how these creatures might interact in our modern world and their implications on the existing endangered species. We also need to consider what processes should be used to take care of these animals - both where they would live and how we can ensure their health is not suffering. Ultimately, if we hope to bring extinct animals back from the dead successfully, then it is essential that we weigh all of these factors carefully before moving forward with any action. Stay tuned.

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