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How to Clone a Mammoth : The Science of De-Extinction

Author: Beth Shapiro
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey ; Woodstock, Oxfordshire : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in "ancient DNA" research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be  Read more...
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Shapiro, Beth. How to Clone a Mammoth .
The Science of De-Extinction
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Beth Shapiro
ISBN: 9781400865482 1400865484 0691157057 9780691157054
OCLC Number: 903685402
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Winner of PROSE Award in Popular Science & Popular Mathematics, Association of American Publishers 2016
Winner of Independent Publisher Book Awards - Science 2016
Winner of AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult Science Books 2016
Commended for "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize in Science & Technology 2015
Short-listed for "The Independent"'s 6 Best Books of the Year in Science 2015
Short-listed for 2016 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, Phi Beta Kappa Society 2016
Short-listed for "Flavorwire"'s 10 Must-Read Academic Books 2014
Short-listed for NewScientist.com CultureLab's Best Reads from of the Year 2015
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Contents: Reversing extinction --
Select a species --
Find a well-preserved specimen --
Create a clone --
Breed them back --
Reconstruct the genome --
Reconstruct part of the genome --
Now create a clone --
Make more of them --
Set them free --
Should we?.
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Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in "ancient DNA" research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used--today--to resurrect the past. Journeying to far-flung Siberian locales in search of ice age bones and delving into her own research--as well as those of fellow experts such as Svante Pääbo, George Church, and Craig Venter--Shapiro considers de-extinction's practical benefits and ethical challenges. Would de-extinction change the way we live? Is this really cloning? What are the costs and risks? And what is the ultimate goal? Using DNA collected from remains as a genetic blueprint, scientists aim to engineer extinct traits--traits that evolved by natural selection over thousands of years--into living organisms. But rather than viewing de-extinction as a way to restore one particular species, Shapiro argues that the overarching goal should be the revitalization and stabilization of contemporary ecosystems. For example, elephants with genes modified to express mammoth traits could expand into the Arctic, re-establishing lost productivity to the tundra ecosystem. Looking at the very real and compelling science behind an idea once seen as science fiction, How to Clone a Mammoth demonstrates how de-extinction will redefine conservation's future.

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