SCIENTIST PLAN TO RESURRECT BIRD THATS BEEN EXTINCT SINCE 17TH CENTURY.
Written by Lola Narawa on February 1, 2023
The Dodo bird has been extinct since the 17th century. A group of scientists are trying to resurrect the bird.
They plan to do this in a bold initiative that incorporate advances in ancient DNA sequencing, gene editing technology and synthetic biology. They hope the project will open up new techniques for bird conservation.
The approach involves removing primordial gems cells from an egg, cultivating them in the lab and editing the cells with the desired genetic traits before injecting them back to an egg at the same developmental stage, she explained.
Even if the team is successful in this high-stakes endeavor, they won’t be making a carbon copy of the dodo that lived four centuries ago, but an altered, hybrid form.