Should We Bring Extinct Species Back from the Dead? by@saragpinto

Should We Bring Extinct Species Back from the Dead?

In this slogging thread, our random channel took this opportunity to discuss this news about how a €3.4 million donation from the University of Melbourne has allowed scientists to bring the Tasmanian tiger back to life. We asked if we should follow through with this option and how this could impact the ecosystems. We also pondered if this action could backfire.
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If you ever thought that a Jurassic Park type of reality was far from us, you may want to think twice. Technology has brought possibilities that we never thought could come true.

So, in this slogging thread, our random channel took this opportunity to discuss this news about how a donation could bring the Tasmanian tiger back.

Is this a door to bring other extinct species back into the world?

This Slogging thread by Sara Pinto, Abeer, Jack Boreham and Mónica Freitas occurred in slogging's official #random channel, and has been edited for readability.

Sara PintoMar 7, 2022, 11:24 AM

Should we bring extinct species back?

Sara PintoMar 7, 2022, 11:24 AM

"Scientists in Melbourne, Australia are looking to bring the extinct Tasmanian tiger back to life."

"A world-class research lab for ‘de-extinction’ and marsupial conservation is being built at the University of Melbourne after a €3.4 million donation."

Sara PintoMar 7, 2022, 11:25 AM

“Thanks to this generous funding we’re at a turning point where we can develop the technologies to potentially bring back a species from exctinction and help safeguard other marsupials on the brink of disappearing,” says Professor Andrew Pask from the university’s School of Biosciences.

Sara PintoMar 7, 2022, 11:29 AM

Should we bring extinct species back? If so, should we bring all of them? How could this impact the ecosystem?

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Sara PintoMar 7, 2022, 11:30 AM

Mónica Freitas Jack Boreham Abeer Limarc Ambalina, what do you think?

AbeerMar 7, 2022, 12:00 PM

Sara Pinto I think it’s best we don’t. Humans have already caused so many extinction by affecting different ecosystems. The Tasmanian tiger went extinct due to hunting and habitat destruction. If we bring it back, we’d have to make a habitat for them to survive and thrive again. I feel like that’s opening a whole new can of worms where other species would be affected to make it livable for the Tasmanian tiger.

Then once that’s over, they’ll try to bring back other species and affect even more ecosystems. Let’s not even talk about the people who’ll try to find a way to profit off of this à la Jurassic Park.

I’m all for conservation but I see this somehow inevitably being ruined by humans.

Jack BorehamMar 7, 2022, 2:57 PM

Sara Pinto definitely! I think the reintroduction of extinct species won't harm the environment. In fact, it may benefit it. A predator like the Tasmanian tiger could balance out the ecosystem by reducing invasive species.

Mónica FreitasMar 7, 2022, 9:26 PM

Sara Pinto this is fascinating! On one hand, yes! Bring them all back! End game kind of situation! 😂
But they should analyze case by case to understand what impact these animals would have on the ecosystems.

Sara PintoMar 9, 2022, 9:39 PM

Abeer "à la Jurassic Park" 😂

Sara PintoMar 9, 2022, 9:44 PM

Abeer, but I totally see where you're coming from! We can't sustain species that won't fit the ecosystems now. We're trying to redeem ourselves, but maybe these actions will bring more costs than benefits

Sara PintoMar 9, 2022, 9:50 PM

Jack Boreham, hmm, interesting point of view. I just checked the news, and they mentioned that the "habitat has remained largely unchanged". However, as Abeer said, this would open a lot of doors, and I don't it would be the case for every species. What do you think?

Sara PintoMar 9, 2022, 9:52 PM

Mónica Freitas, apparently, to the environment of the Tasmanian tiger, it would be beneficial, but I would be so sure on other cases. it's a sensitive subject. We've already messed up with many ecosystems, I don't think we should mess even more

Jack BorehamMar 10, 2022, 2:25 PM

Sara Pinto, it opens doors, but you can say that about anything. If it's used in the right way, is don't see it as a problem.

Mónica FreitasMar 11, 2022, 9:14 AM

Sara Pinto, I get your point but just think of those species who were extinct more recently. Or those endangered. It could give them a fighting chance.

Sara PintoMar 14, 2022, 12:12 PM

Jack Boreham, that's true, but I think we rely a lot on "if it's used in the right way". I do hope it goes that way!

Sara PintoMar 14, 2022, 12:14 PM

Mónica Freitas, that's an optimistic point of view. I hope this actually brings benefits and doesn't leave the species in a vulnerable way

Mónica FreitasMar 14, 2022, 12:20 PM

Sara Pinto, I guess this technology's usage will significantly depend on who's running it. Hopefully, someone is thinking this through before applying it.

Jack BorehamMar 14, 2022, 1:49 PM

Sara Pinto to be honest if they introduced Jurassic park I would be all game 😂

Sara PintoMar 15, 2022, 12:31 PM

Mónica Freitas, we sure hope so, or it will go all apocalyptic hahaha

Sara PintoMar 15, 2022, 12:33 PM

Jack Boreham, as Abeer once said "à la Jurassic Park" is not the way to go 😂 I think I should starting investing in a bunker haha

Jack BorehamMar 15, 2022, 2:30 PM

Sara Pinto but I think it is! What's the worst that can happen? 😁

Sara PintoMar 15, 2022, 10:03 PM

Jack Boreham, I can think of a few ways haha but I like your enthusiasm

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