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Health & wellness

Scientists debate bringing extinct species back to life

It sounds like a scene from Jurassic Park: molecular biologists, ornithologists, and a bioethicist came together at a private meeting at Harvard Medical School in February of 2012 to discuss bringing back the passenger pigeon.

The once-abundant bird was driven by hunters into extinction in 1914. The scientists gathered in Boston, convened by environmentalist Stewart Brand and genome entrepreneur Ryan Phelan, were discussing the technologies they might use to revive the species -- and whether such a feat of conservation could and should be done.

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