By Caitlin Syme
Dr Tamara Fletcher and I wrote an article for The Conversation on de-extinction - whether we can, and should, bring extinct species back to life. We believe that de-extinction needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis per species. The health and well-being of the individual animals, whether they can fill a currently vacant niche in an ecosystem, and what affect they have on their new ecosystem will vary widely between, say, a woolly mammoth versus the gastric brooding frog. Have a read of the article if you'd like to know more about the de-extinction debate.
We also spoke on ABC Radio and 2SER about whether de-extinction is a sensible idea. Have a listen to the interviews here:
De-extinction (link to right)
ABC Adelaide 891 - Afternoons, 10th June 2015.