IbN # 12 - Britt Wray

Show Notes

"Most people working on this (de-extinction) as a research topic do agree that we are in the 6th most important time of species loss and that what is unique about it is that humans have made these species go extinct". 

What happens when you try to recreate a woolly mammoth ―

fascinating science, or conservation catastrophe?


 - foreword to Rise of the Necrofauna.

Check out everything that Britt is up to; talks, interviews, appearances and new projects on her website, brittwray.com

You can go straight on to Amazon and get your hands on Rise of the Necrofauna through this link.

Read more about the woolly mammoth and the passenger pigeon revival projects through Revive and Restore.

There is a good few articles out there on de-extinction; here’s a link to a really interesting article from 2016 covering many of the aspects involved in de-extinction.

Todays topic is slightly different from anything else I have had on the podcast so far. So far we have discussed very hands-on issues and solutions to some of the worlds climate and environmental dilemmas, whether it’s been related to resources, conservation or an individual strive for making a difference.


This time my aim is to take you in a completely different direction by bringing in scientific ideas and visions that uses state-of-the-art technology to take on unexplored areas going a step further than conventional conservation efforts.


At the moment it is fairly known that scientists are saying that we are going through the 6th mass extinction of species. But have you ever wondered wether extinction is in fact permanent?


My guest on this episode is Britt Wray, a science writer, storyteller, radiohost and documentarist, currently doing her PhD at the University of Copenhagen in science communication with a focus on synthetic biology. Britt has just written her first book 'Rise of the Necrofauna'.


As you might have spotted already we are on this episode talking about de-extinction - the act of recreating an organism that once have gone extinct. Such projects are going on around the world already and this fast moving scientific field has their eyes set on various species, examples being the iconic woolly mammoth (or a close resembled hybrid elephant) and the passenger pigeon.


Britt's book is out here in September of 2017 so consider this a little preview or glimpse into a world where death might no longer be permanent but where resurrection might have huge and complex consequences. 



Rise of the Necrofauna

Britt Wray, author of the new book 'Rise of the Necrofauna', takes us on a journey into the scientific field of recreating species through de-extinction techniques. Could this be a new and promising area of conservation or are the consequences too high?  

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