Should extinct species be brought back to life?

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Key points

  • Extinct species can now be bought back to life if their DNA is preserved.
  • In theory, this means we could give dinosaurs and dodos a second chance. But should we?


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Controversial issues in science make for great discussion topics. The following video shows students your age expressing a range of opinions about whether or not extinct species should be bought back to life. Get together with your friends and discuss the issue!

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  • Over the last 500 years, human actions have caused the extinction of over 800 species.
  • Extinct species include the Dodo, Tasmanian Tiger and Quagga.
  • Many animals are currently facing extinction, including species of Panda, Rhino, Turtle and Orangutan.