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Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves by Ed Regis, George Church

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CHAPTER 6

-30,000 YR, PLEISTOCENE PARK

Engineering Extinct Genomes

When people think about extinct species such as the dodo, the passenger pigeon, or Tyrannosaurus Rex, what often comes to mind is the old adage, “Extinction is forever.” Only it isn’t. As we have seen, one member of an extinct species has already been brought back to life, albeit briefly, and it wasn’t even through genomic engineering.

The Pyrenean ibex is a type of mountain goat also known as the bucardo. When they were still in existence, bucardos were one of Europe’s most striking wild animals, with handsome faces, distinctive curving horns, and short, thick wool. They roamed ...

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