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Back from the dead: Exploring the cutting edge of de-extinction

A museum employee looks at a Dodo on display at the 'Extinction: Not the End of the World?' exhibition at The Natural History Museum.
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A museum employee looks at a Dodo in display at the 'Extinction: Not the End of the World?' exhibition at The Natural History Museum on February 5, 2013 in London, England.

At the beginning of the year, the company behind the public effort to de-extinct the wooly mammoth announced it will also be de-extincting the dodo. The announcement stirred up a lot of excitement and questions about whether we can – or should – bring back species once they’re gone.

So this hour we're talking about de-extinction! We’ll hear about what it takes to bring back extinct animals, efforts to build a safety net for plants that might go extinct in the future, and walk through some fun de-extinction thought experiments.


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Carolyn McCusker helps produce The Colin McEnroe Show. She loves making true radio stories and listening to fake ones. In the past, she’s worked for NPR and WNYC, and she’s glad to be back at CT Public after interning in 2019. Carolyn can be reached at cmccusker@ctpublic.org.
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