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Resurrecting extinct animals might do more harm than good

But it depends on the species and the context
laughing owl

Land use changes and newly introduced predators such as cats and ferrets led to the demise of New Zealand's laughing owl, which went extinct by 1914. With genetic engineering techniques, scientists might be able to bring the species back from the dead—but should they?

Scientists may soon be able to bring extinct species back from the dead. We won't have woolly mammoths roaming around anytime soon, but the latest debates center not on whether we can resurrect species, but whether we should.

De-extinction would use genetic engineering to rebuild species that no longer exist. Advocates see it as a way to fix some of the damage that

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