I love the movie Jurassic Park. Twenty years ago, the Sci-Fi classic made popular an intriguing question. Can we bring back extinct species? This spring, National Geographic asked the same thing and the apparent answer is ... maybe? Stewart Brand came to TED to talk about DE-extinction. While dinosaurs are beyond our rescue, we may be able to help some animals that we directly led to extinction. With the complex technical issues of genetic engineering, we can't forget about the environmental and ethical problems. The ecosystems have adapted to the extinction of these species. New species developed to take their place. So do have to ask whether or not we should bring them back.
Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park, 1993):
John, the kind of control you're attempting simply is... it's not possible. If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh... well, there it is.
Well, there it is...