Why bringing back extinct species may not help conservation efforts
Boston Globe - 02/28/2017
Ultimately, says Ronald Sandler, director of the Ethics Institute at Northeastern University, analyzing the pros and cons of de-extinction varies from species to species. When framing a cost-benefit analysis in terms of conservation, he tells the Monitor in a phone interview, “it’s almost never going to be the case that the benefits favor engaging in de-extinction.”
However, Professor Sandler notes, conservation isn’t the only driving force behind reviving extinct species like the woolly mammoth.