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Author Wray, Britt, author.

Title Rise of the necrofauna : the science, ethics, and risks of de-extinction / Britt Wray ; foreword by George Church.

Publication Info. Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, [2017]


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    591.68 WRA    Available
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Description ix, 293 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Note "David Suzuki Institute."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-283) and index.
Contents Foreword / by George Church -- Introduction -- How is de-extinction done? -- Why is de-extinction important? -- What species are good contenders, and why? -- Why recreate the woolly mammoth? -- Can billions of passenger pigeons rebound, and should they? -- How might we regulate this new wilderness? -- Can de-extinction save species on the brink? -- Is some knowledge too dangerous?
Summary "What happens when you try to recreate a woolly mammoth--fascinating science, or conservation catastrophe? In Rise of the Necrofauna, Britt Wray takes us deep into the minds and labs of some of the world's most progressive thinkers to find out the truth about de-extinction. She introduces us to renowned futurists like Stewart Brand and scientists like George Church, who are harnessing the powers of CRISPR gene editing in the hopes of "reviving" extinct passenger pigeons, woolly mammoths, and heath hens. But we also hear from more cautionary voices, like those of researcher and award-winning author Beth Shapiro and environmental philosopher Thomas van Dooren. Through conversations with these and other thought leaders, Wray reminds us that de-extinction could bring just as many dangers as it does possibilities. What happens, for example, when we bring an "unextinct" creature back into the wild? How can we care for these strange animals and ensure their comfort and safety--not to mention our own and that of other creatures? By unpacking the many biological, technological, ethical, environmental, and legal questions raised by this fascinating new field, Wray offers a captivating look at the best and worst of resurrection science."--Jacket.
Subject Extinct animals -- Cloning -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Extinct vertebrates -- Cloning -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Rare animals -- Genetic engineering -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Endangered species -- Genetic engineering -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Wildlife reintroduction -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Animal diversity conservation -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Added Author Church, George M. (George McDonald), author of foreword.
David Suzuki Institute, issuing body.
Other Form: Wray, Britt, author. Rise of the necrofauna.: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, 2017. (CaOONL)2017906049X
ISBN 9781771641647 (cloth)
1771641649 (cloth)
9781771641630 (epub)

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