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DE-EXTINCTION: Should Scientists Resurrect Extinct Species?
Humans have a moral responsibility to bring back extinct species and use them to revitalize struggling ecosystems. De-extinction will invigorate conservationism by reshaping the relationship between humans and the natural world and developing new genetic tools to protect endangered species.
De-extinction is morally problematic, expensive, and unrealistic. Resurrection science diverts resources from more pressing conservation needs while inuring the public to the ecological catastrophe of extinction. Experiments in de-extinction will cause animal suffering, and it will be impossible to provide habitat for resurrected species.
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