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How to Clone a Mammoth

The Science of De-Extinction

Beth Shapiro



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Princeton University Pres
01 November 2020
Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life?

In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient DNA research, addresses this intriguing question by walking readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used to resurrect the past.

Considering de-extinction's practical benefits and ethical challenges, Shapiro argues that the overarching goal should be the revitalisation and stabilisation of contemporary ecosystems. Looking at the very real and compelling science behind an idea once seen as science fiction, How to Clone a Mammoth demonstrates how de-extinction will redefine conservation's future.

'A thrilling tour of the science that might - might - recreate lost worlds from the not-too-distant past...

Sharp, witty, and impeccably-argued.' - Brian Switek, National Geographic 'At once an account of the state of the technology, a sketch of how to proceed, a barrage of as-yet unanswerable questions and a manifesto.' - Olivia Judson, Financial Times 'A fascinating book.' - Carl Zimmer, Wall Street Journal 'An entertaining and deeply informative read.' - A. Rus Hoelzel, Science 'An engaging, rigorous, and deeply thoughtful book.' - Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction
By:   Beth Shapiro
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691209005
ISBN 10:   0691209006
Series:   Princeton Science Library
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Beth Shapiro is professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received a MacArthur Award in 2009. Twitter @bonesandbugs.

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