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Abby Sanabria

October 8th

Mr. DiChiara

Honors Biology

De Extinction, Right or Wrong?

Within the past few years, scientists have been considering bringing back extinct animals. Bringing back animals who have been extinct is actually really awesome, but it has it's downsides to it. De Extinction is the progress of bringing back an individual animal, and to bring back extinct animals scientists have used the method of cloning. For example, the Bucardo was an animal that became extinct, but scientists injected nuclei from those cells into goat eggs emptied of their own DNA, then the eggs were implanted in surrogate mothers. I personally believe that extinct species should not be brought back to life.

The Bucardo goat was the first actual extinct species to be cloned and be born from a hybrid goat mother. The goat was born with serious birth defects such as a gigantic extra lobe in her lungs not allowing her to breath, so Celia's clone died ten minutes after it was born.

It didn't live long, but it was the first critter to prove to us that De Extinction was possible. This has happened with the Bucardo goat and Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal, and they're trying to bring the Woolly Mammoth back, "In one of those tunnels they found they found chunks of mammoth tissue" (Zimmer 3). The scientists have DNA, and it takes one living cell to make it work , so it's possible that the Woolly Mammoth can be cloned.

De Extinction is not a good idea because animals went extinct for a reason, and whatever that reason was, it happened. We shouldn't go through all that trouble of bringing back an extinct species and just watch it become extinct all over again. There's a lot of things that can...