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.
Should we bring extinct species back?
"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."
“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.
Should we bring extinct species back? If so, should we bring all of them? How could this impact the ecosystem?
Mónica Freitas Jack Boreham Abeer Limarc Ambalina, what do you think?
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.
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.
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.
Abeer "à la Jurassic Park" 😂
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Sara Pinto to be honest if they introduced Jurassic park I would be all game 😂
Mónica Freitas, we sure hope so, or it will go all apocalyptic hahaha
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
Sara Pinto but I think it is! What's the worst that can happen? 😁
Jack Boreham, I can think of a few ways haha but I like your enthusiasm