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Passenger Pigeon

Audubon, John James. Passenger Pigeon, Oil on Canvas, 1824.

De-Extinction

Extinction is the next frontier that science will conquer. Scientists are working on being able to use ancient DNA to bring back extinct species, a process called “de-extinction.” While de-extinction has some potential drawbacks, the capacity for ecological benefit is limitless. By reviving extinct species, scientists will be re-filling the empty niche that the species left in their wake, as well as providing biodiversity for the ecosystem, which leads to healthier animal populations and a greater availablilty of plants and animals to study for medicine.