`` De Extinction `` Is The Recreation Of Species That Have Gone Extinct

1258 WordsOct 5, 20166 Pages
This journal discusses the topic of “de-extinction”, which is the recreation of species that have gone extinct. It discusses three different topics/arguments involving “de-extinction” and benefits, questions, and possible issues concerning each of the topics/arguments. The first topic is about how de-extinction is a restitution to individuals, the second being a restitution to species, and the third being a restoration of systems. The journal begins with a brief introduction as to what de-extinction projects consist of, saying that, “[“De-extinction”] projects propose to re-create or “resurrect” extinct species” (Page 131). It is later stated that “Such “de-extinction” projects are complicated,costly, and tremendously difficult. They also raise a host of challenging philosophical and ethical questions, the most basic of which is whether or not they ought to be pursued at all” (132). The thylacine or better known as the Tasmanian tiger is introduced with a story about their extinction, and how they became extinct. Most believed that they would stay extinct forever, but a genome replication created a ‘replica’ of the extinct species, which made people question if extinction truly is forever. The first argumentative topic that is discussed is the question if these projects are simply a restitution to individuals. Stewart Brand, a supporter of de-extinction says that recreating species is a way to “undo harms that humans have caused in the past” (132). There is an idea that
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