With yet another film in the Jurassic Park franchise released this past summer, the ethics of bringing extinct species back to life continues to capture the popular imagination. But as students in my online science fiction class ("Who We Are & What We Dream: Comparative Science Fiction") come to realize, the bridge between science fiction and actual science can be a short one. Earlier this month, Russia announced a new $5.9 million research center in Siberia to study the genetics of extinct Ice Age species native to Siberia, including woolly mammoths, woolly rhinos, cave lions, and extinct species of horse, with the explicit goal of restoring some of these animals to the 21st century. siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/investment-sought-for-59-million-cloning-centre-to-bring-back-mammoths-and-other-extinct-species/
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