May 10, 2022
Resurrection: Bringing Back Extinct Animals
Play • 36 min

Imagine if Jurassic Park came to life...ACTUAL REAL LIFE.  It wouldn't be the first time science fiction became reality. (Hello .space travel)  But, this time, instead of T-Rex and Velociraptors, you've got long-extinct woolly mammoths roaming the arctic tundra, and the more recently extinct passenger pigeons filling the skies.  This is the ambitious dream of scientists George Church (Harvard, MIT) and Ben Novak (Revive & Restore)... but is it even remotely possible? Not everyone thinks so, including our guests Mikkel Sinding and Amy Fletcher.  Thirty years ago, when the original Jurassic Park came out, genome sequencing and CRISPR CAS 9 - the gene editing technology - didn't exist.  Now that they do, does it mean woolly mammoths are  within reach?  We discuss the why's and how's with our brilliant guests. And, hear about a little known connection George Church has to his one time student,  Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park.


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Check out the work of our brilliant guests:

George Church

Ben Novak Lead Scientist, Revive and Restore

Amy Fletcher's Ted Talk on De-Extinction

Mikkel Sinding 


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