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Book review: Cloning a Mammoth, by Beth Shapiro

Before reading this book I had not taken much interest in the possibility of reviving extinct species ("de-extinction"), supposing that it was largely confined to the realms of fiction like Jurassic Park, but this excellently written book has convinced me that I was wrong. Beth Shapiro explains, with admirable clarity and humour, why de-extinction matters and where the boundary lies between science and fiction. She is well placed to do this, heing professionally involved in the extraction of DNA from ancient bones for use in genetic engineering. [More]


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