National Geographic has often been a leader in shining a light on emerging areas of scientific inquiry. In this role, the National Geographic Society was keenly interested in supporting a deeper understanding about the emerging field of de-extinction. With Revive & Restore, in October 2012, the Society helped to organize and host a private symposium of leading scientists working on issues related to bringing back extinct species. As an outcome of that private meeting, the Society offered to host a public forum to further explore the science of de-extinction and promote dialog on the ethical issues surrounding it. TEDxDeExtinction will take place at National Geographic headquarters on March 15. De-extinction will be the subject of the cover story of the April issue of National Geographic magazine, with online coverage launching on on March 6.

Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest membership-based nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Throughout its 125-year history, the Society has encouraged conservation of natural resources and raised public awareness of the importance of natural places, the plants and wildlife that inhabit them, and the environmental problems that threaten them. The Society also encourages stewardship of the planet through research and exploration, and through education. As part of National Geographic’s focus on revealing and celebrating the wonders of our planet, it has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects around the globe.

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