We’re a creative, but also destructive, species. For example, in recent years we've made incredible strides in biotechnology, genetics and genomics, and today can literally synthesis microbial life in a tube. However, we’ve also driven a large number of species to extinction or near extinction in the past few centuries. Unfortunately it seems unlikely that this trend will stop, but given our recent progress in genomics, can we perhaps reverse some of the losses we’ve made? In this talk I discuss my views on why a growing number of people are starting to discuss this so-called 'de-extinction’, whether its even possible, and whether I personally think we should be doing it.
Tom Gilbert is Professor at the Center for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen.