Neil deGrasse Tyson and panelists discuss de-extinction in the 2017 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History. Biologists today have the knowledge, the tools, and the ability to influence the evolution of life on Earth. Do we have an obligation to bring back species that human activities may have rendered extinct? Does the technology exist to do so? Join Tyson and the panel for a lively debate about the merits and shortcomings of this provocative idea.
2017 Asimov Debate panelists are:
Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard University and MIT
Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford University
Scholar, The Hastings Center; Editor, Hastings Center Report
Curator, Department of Mammalogy, Division of Vertebrate Zoology; Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
For a full transcript of this debate, visit:
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