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Can Genetic Engineering Bring Extinct Animals Back to Life?

Authors says we might have passenger pigeons in 10 years.

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Resurrection science, a controversial term that can possibly bring extinct animals back to life and preserve rare species on Earth, is a topic science writer  Maura O’Connor courageously discussed in her new book.

Through her book titled Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction And The Precarious Future of Wild Things, O’Connor attempts to explain how humans can potentially bring back species from the dead in the next decades and how climate change can affect the evolution and extinction of species.

In her interview with National Geographic, O’ Connor discussed the possibility of resurrecting passenger pigeons, which disappeared from the face of the Earth in 1914, in ten years time.

Through her new book, O’ Connor attempts to explain how humans can potentially bring back species from the dead in the next decades.

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According to O’ Connor, Ben Novak, a man who hopes to bring back the extinct species to the forests of the northeast United States, is attempting to alter the DNA of a band-tailed pigeon to produce passenger pigeon DNA.

Novak and his research team intends to use the modified genetic material in the band-tailed pigeon to come up with real passenger pigeons.

If Novak and his team becomes successful in their endeavor, O’ Connor stressed that they will still be facing challenges such as teaching the creature “to be a passenger pigeon”.

Passenger pigeons can be flying again in ten years time.

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It’s not just DNA. There’s also animal culture and the relationship between ecology and species. And it’s far from clear that scientists understand how they could bring back those types of relationships,” O’ Connor explained.

Furthemore, O’ Connor emphasized that despite several de-extinction proposals, no one seemed to address the problems that brought extinctions in the first place. Although humans may possibly create woolly mammoths in the future, it doesn’t actually solve the problem why they are endangered.

Will we be seeing woolly mammoths in the future?

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“We may be able to create woolly mammoths, which would be Asian elephants genetically engineered to survive in the Arctic. But that doesn’t solve the problem of why Asian elephants are endangered. And it certainly doesn’t solve the problem of why we’re experiencing an era of rapid climate change. I hope that will be debated and discussed more in the near future,” O’ Connor said.

Source: National Geographic

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New Buildings In France Are Now Required To Have Solar Panels Or Plant-Covered Rooftops

Kudos to everyone involved in making this happen!

Mark Andrew

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Under the implementation of a new in France, all new buildings erected within the country’s commercial zones should either have solar panels or plant-covered rooftops.

Sounds like a fantastic idea, right? Well, it definitely is.

With this initiative, it is expected that green rooftops will soon spread across the land. Rooftop vegetation can provide shelter for birds and, at the same time, absorb air pollutants as well as decrease sewer overflow since rainwater are retained therein. On top of that, these green roofs will be very effective in decreasing heat.

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NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars

This significant discovery increases the chance of finding life on Mars.

Ann Moises

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For years, NASA scientists have been exploring the red planet in search for signs of life. It is not new to us that scientists have also been considering Mars as our future home. But, before that happens, they have to ensure that we'll have a temperate climate, breathable air, potable water, and viable land to grow crops for food there; all these are fundamental to the survival of human beings, right?

Previous explorations show that there is indeed water on Mars, but it has been in the form of ice. Now, here's one amazing news:

NASA reveals that there is liquid water on the red planet.

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This Revolutionary 3D Printer Is Capable of Printing Human Organs

BioBot 1 is an awesome technology that allows you to print replacement organs.

Mark Andrew

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With the advent of 3D printing, brilliant people are coming up with interesting ways to utilize this type of technology.

Recently, a company called BioBots piqued a lot of serious interest. According to them, their 3D printers are not merely for printing cute colorful items but they intend to use it for the good of mankind – by making it possible to print human organs.

Their revolutionary 3D printer called the BioBot 1 is now available for the public. And among its unique capabilities is to create objects using living cells.

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