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De-Extinction: Restoration or Destruction?

Kucuk, Tolga Finn (2024) De-Extinction: Restoration or Destruction? Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.


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De-extinction, the practice of producing animals which are functionally or morphologically analogous to an extinct species, is a multi-faceted prospect carrying much potential for both harm and good, and is in rapid development. In this review, I discuss the pathway towards de-extinction from an integrative perspective, ranging from ecological considerations, such as matters influencing release group success and population dynamics, to the molecular techniques for achieving species recreation, including cloning, back-breeding and genetic engineering. I also outline the ethical and practical aspects of the process of de-extinction, leading to the conclusion that, despite the risks involved, de-extinction remains a useful tool to keep in hand should the need to use it arise.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Supervisor name: Doorn, G.S. van and Egas, C.J.M.
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 11:44
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 11:44

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