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Nat Geo Live: How to Clone a Mammoth

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The Broad Stage - Main Stage


The Nat Geo Live speaker series brings you behind-the-scenes stories, stunning imagery and gripping footage from National Geographic's world-renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers.

Join Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient DNA research, on a journey through the astonishing and controversial science of de-extinction.

About the Speaker

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? National Geographic Emerging Explorer Beth Shapiro is one of the scientists investigating this intriguing possibility. An evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient DNA research, Shapiro travels extensively through the Arctic regions of Siberia and North America to collect the bones, teeth and other remains of Ice Age giants like mammoths, saber-toothed cats and giant camels. She extracts DNA from these remains and uses this information to understand how changing climates and increasing human activity have shaped the present-day distribution of species. Her goal is to use this information from the past and, increasingly, genomic tools developed in the present, to save living species from the same fate as so many ancient animals. Join Shapiro as she explores the technical challenges, ethical considerations and potential benefits of the astonishing and controversial science of de-extinction.

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Inside Higher Ed Goes Into Beth Shapiro’s Book How to Clone a Mammoth

Higher Ed explains that "…How to Clone a Mammoth insists on the need to think about what de-extinction would mean for the environment." Click here to read more. 

Scientific American Gives Beth Sharpiro's Book Glowing Review

Beth Shapiro’s book How to Clone a Mammoth "…Examines not only how we can resurrect long-vanished species but also when we cannot or should not." Click here to read more about her book. 


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