‘Jurassic Park’ in Real Life: Experts Look at Bringing Back Extinct Species

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A replica mammoth. (credit: Krafft Angerer/Getty Images)

A replica mammoth. (credit: Krafft Angerer/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — Call it a real life “Jurassic Park.”

Bringing back the woolly mammoth, passenger pigeon or other extinct species is the subject of a conference in Washington.

Organizers say rapid advances in molecular biology and new conservation perspectives are creating a new field called “de-extinction.”

The conference is being held Friday at the National Geographic Society. Speakers include Chris Anderson, curator of the TED Conference talk series, Australian paleontologist Michael Archer and Spanish researcher Alberto Fernández-Arias, who has worked on cloning a now-extinct goat.

The daylong conference will include discussions of the ethical issues raised if extinct species can be brought back. Those questions include whether they should be released back into the wild and which species should be chosen.

Organizers say dinosaurs aren’t among the candidate species, unlike in the movie.

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