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WILDLIFE — Could genetic manipulation allow species to adapt to climate change or control an invasive species?
Could we bring back the passenger pigeon and other extinct speces? Would we want to?
This is just a sense of the future of wildlife management through the door opened by genetic engineering. Scientists took a step through that door recently at Cambridge University to examine the question: “How will Synthetic Biology and Conservation Shape the Future of Nature?”
- New York Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin offers this report on the conference
- See what Revkin calls a superb and detailed framing paper for the meeting posted here.
- Ed Yong, who blogs on science for National Geographic, has filed “Can We Save the World by Remixing Life?”
- Could scientists change the biology of an organism to be more productive or enable it to grow in new environments?
- Could we manufacture wildlife products like ivory in a lab?
- Could the unintentional release of a synthetic organism destroy all the fauna in an ecosystem?
Revkin concludes with three thought-stimulating articles:
- Synthetic Biology and Conservation of Nature: Wicked Problems and Wicked Solutions, Kent H. Redford, William Adams, and Georgina M. Mace].
- A look at “de-extinction” in a recent Nature news article.
- “The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?” from Stewart Brand’s TED talk.