Can We Use Ancient DNA to Recover Extinct Plants and Animals?

Rich Sobel
Nov 12, 2020 · 14 min read

Using DNA to recover lost traits and maybe even whole animals is not out of the question anymore. But should we?

The very word — extinction —it means gone forever. Never to be seen again.

But is that really so anymore?

Modern DNA sequencing technology is able to resurrect genome sequences from ever-smaller…