Reviving the Woolly Mammoth (and Other Extinct Species)
Ryan Phelan and Stewart Brand founded the conservation organization Revive and Restore. They spoke with science writer Flora Licthman at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
What if we could turn back time and reverse extinction? Famed writer, biologist, and environmentalist Stewart Brand is attempting this with an organization he co-founded. Revive and Restore is building a tool kit for genetic restoration that would allow the rebirth of species, like the woolly mammoth. Brand says the absence of these animals has left a gap and reviving them will re-enrich the entire conservation world. There are other reasons to bring back certain species, like enhancing genetic diversity. But what about the ethical questions surrounding such a pursuit? Brand speaks with Flora Lichtman, science writer and host of Gimlet Media’s “Every Little Thing” podcast.
The views and opinions of the speakers in the podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the Aspen Institute.