A scientific illustration of a Christmas Island rat
Genome Spotlight: Christmas Island Rat (Rattus macleari)
The near-complete genome of a recently extinct rodent elucidates the potential—and difficulties—of resurrecting species.
ABOVE: Joseph Smit; Proc Zool Soc Lond, 1887
Genome Spotlight: Christmas Island Rat (Rattus macleari)
Genome Spotlight: Christmas Island Rat (Rattus macleari)

The near-complete genome of a recently extinct rodent elucidates the potential—and difficulties—of resurrecting species.

The near-complete genome of a recently extinct rodent elucidates the potential—and difficulties—of resurrecting species.

ABOVE: Joseph Smit; Proc Zool Soc Lond, 1887

deextinction

Book Excerpt from Rise of the Necrofauna
Britt Wray | Sep 30, 2017
In chapter 4, “Why Recreate the Woolly Mammoth?” author Britt Wray explores the social consequences of bringing an iconic species back from extinction.
Second Chance for Lost Galapagos Tortoises?
Bob Grant | Sep 14, 2017
Researchers are trying to recreate an extinct species of the lumbering reptiles by breeding closely related species that contain traces of the lost lineage’s DNA.
CRISPR May Prove Useful in De-Extinction Efforts
Britt Wray | Sep 1, 2017
Researchers are using the powerful gene-editing tool to recreate the woolly mammoth.