2017 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: De-extinction

Biologists today have the knowledge, the power, and the tools to influence the direction of evolution for life on Earth. ls there an obligation to bring back species that human activities may have rendered extinct? ls there the technology to do so? Our panel debated the merits and shortcomings of this provocative idea.

Panelists included George Church, Henry T. (Hank) Greely, Gregory E. Kaebnick, Ross MacPhee, Beth Shapiro, and the debate was hosted and moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Cover of the 2017 Asimov Debate program titled De-extinction. Image shows a strand of DNA with a sabertoothed tiger emerging.