BRINGING SPECIES BACK FROM THE DEAD ISN’T GOOD CONSERVATION
When it’s gone, you shouldn’t bring it back — even if you can. In an article in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, Carleton University biologist Joseph Bennett argues so-called “de-extinction” would be a bad investment.
It might be technically possible to bring back species like the passenger pigeon. But doing so wouldn’t help, the researchers write. The vast resources spent on cloning extinct animals and integrating them back into the environment could be better used to help living species, they write. That, and resurrected species probably wouldn’t fit back into their old niches.