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March 26 2013

Say We Really Do Bring the Passenger Pigeon Back From Extinction ó Then What?


Synthetic biology has made such strides in recent years that the notion of reviving extinct species is no longer crazy talk. Researchers gathered recently in Washington, D.C. to discuss the prospects of bringing back a whole menagerie of fascinating creatures, including the passenger pigeon, once the most numerous bird in North America.

The plan to bring back this iconic bird, which has been extinct for nearly a century, will push the bounds of genetic engineering. But letís just say for now that the technical challenges are surmountable. If researchers actually do create a genetic replica of a passenger pigeon, what should they do with it?.

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