Extinction Is Not Forever: Reviving the Passenger Pigeon with The Long Now Foundation’s Ben Novak
“Novak’s work is part of a broader campaign of “de-extinction” being funded by The Long Now Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering, in its own words, “long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.” The Long Now wants to bring back other species, too, and even has a team devoted to de-extinctifying the woolly mammoth. Novak and his team are studying DNA from taxidermied museum specimens and planning to insert key genes into the genomes of band-tailed pigeons.” — Reason TV
- ENSIA MAGAZINE
In the race to save species, GMOs are coming to nature
– Greg Breining, August, 2015.
Big question: Can we use genetic engineering to save species? Bigger question: Should we?
The de-extincting science in Jurassic World is right around the corner
– Maddie Stone, June, 2015.
We’ll probably never bring back Tyrannosaurus rex, But for species we’ve driven extinct in recent history, from the passenger pigeon… we may yet be able to reverse time, thanks to incredible advances in genomics and synthetic biology..
- SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Ancient DNA could return the passenger pigeon to the sky
– David Biello, August, 2014.
Genetic engineering could restore the once profuse North American bird after a century or more of extinction.
- SPIEGEL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL
The second cooing: raising passenger pigeons from the dead
— PHILIP BETHGE, April 12, 2013.
The world has been without passenger pigeons since 1914. Now, scientists want to bring them back. Geneticist Ben Novak has embarked on the project and has begun collecting passenger pigeon DNA from natural history museums.
- WIRED MAGAZINE
The plan to bring the iconic passenger pigeon back from extinction
— KELLY SERVICE, March 2013.
If Novak can convince the public and potential funding sources of the bird’s value, the passenger pigeon might do more
than ride a wave of new technology; it might propel science forward.
- NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
Reviving extinct species may not be science fiction
— NEAL CONAN, June 2012.
Stewart Brand, author of Whole Earth Discipline and founder of Whole Earth Catalog, is working on a new project to bring back extinct animals. From the passenger pigeon to the wooly mammoth, Brand explains why and how the project “Revive and Restore”, plans to bring back some extinct species.