Back From the Dead: Why De-Extinction May Save Humanity

July 24, 2014 7:12 PM

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Back From the Dead: Why De-Extinction May Save Humanity

If current trends continue, elephants, giraffes, and zebras could go extinct in the not-too-distant future.

Rodents teeming with parasites that carry black plague would fill the void, suggests ongoing research in Africa. If so, the threat to human health could prompt the tantalizingly feasible solution of de-extinction -- that is, resurrecting the big animals and releasing them back into the wild.

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