Story by Jay Moon
Ever wish you could have a pet dodo to keep your budgie company while you’re at work? It might be able to happen. Big emphasis on the might part of the equation, however. University of California, Santa Barbara ecologists have been looking into what animals would best be suited for de-extinction, whether it might be from genetic engineering, cloning, or dabbling with CRISPR advancements. The concept of de-evolution isn’t exactly new-scientists did manage to bring back an extinct species, the Pyrenean ibex, thanks to a common goat surrogate mother. The offspring survived only seven minutes due to genetic issues with its lungs.
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