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Science in Mind

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 meeting at Harvard Medical School in February 2012 to discuss bringing back the passenger pigeon.

The once-abundant bird was driven into extinction by hunters 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 conservation feat could and should be done.

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