Hendrik Poinar: Bring back the woolly mammoth!
Today’s featured TED Talk was filmed at TEDxDeExtinction, a TEDx event held this March that brought 25 experts from across the arts and sciences to National Geographic headquarters to discuss “de-extinction” – the science of bringing extinct species back from the dead.
In this talk, geneticist Hendrik Poinar tells us about something that seems like it could only be a dream: the quest to engineer a creature that looks very much like our furry friend, the woolly mammoth. But the first step, to sequence the woolly genome, is nearly complete. And it’s huge.
But TEDxDeExtinction was about more than just the mammoth. There was talk of reviving the long-gone passenger pigeon, of investigating extinct frogs whose eggs hatched in their mouth, and a look into the beautiful photography of one of National Geographic’s prized photographers.
For a complete round-up of the event, read our post, “Frogs giving birth through the mouth, DNA retrieved from the frost, and why Jurassic Park just won’t happen: 5 takeaways from TEDxDeExtinction” or check out the TED Blog’s coverage of the event.
And don’t forget to watch Hendrik’s talk up there – it’s pretty awesome.