If we had all the resources and biotechnology, what species should be brought back from extinction? In Chapter 2 of How to Clone a Mammoth, the author Beth Shapiro proposes seven questions that scientists should ask and answer when selecting a species for de-extinction. How does Shapiro answer these questions? And how would you explain it in your own words to someone who wants to start a de-extinction project?
Is there a compelling reason to bring this species back?
Why did this species go extinct the first time?
Is there a place for this species to live if we successfully bring it back?
Will it be possible to learn the genome sequence?
Is there a way to transform the genome sequence into a living organism?
Will it be possible to move the resulting living organism from captivity to a natural habitat?
Once you answer these questions, make a visual to present the information to the public. Just as Beth Shapiro presented her information to the public in a TEDx talk, use easy-to-understand language that is also accurate. You may want to develop your own talk, or you can create a poster, graphic novel, or animation. An example of an animation of Beth Shapiro’s work can be found here.