posted on Sep, 29 2013 @ 11:14 PM
It is time to weigh up the pros and cons of using genetic engineering to rescue species from extinction, say Michael A. Thomas and colleagues.
An endangered Florida panther population was bolstered through hybridization with a related subspecies — a technique that could be refined using
Even the most conservative estimates predict that 15–40% of living species will be effectively extinct by 2050 as a result of climate change,
habitat loss and other consequences of human activities. In the face of such drastic losses, scientists are debating the pros and cons of various, and
often controversial, interventions. These include moving populations to help track hospitable habitats, and reinstating keystone species — those
that have a large effect on ecosystem structure and function, such as top-level predators — into areas where they have long been absent. Even the
revival of species that have recently gone extinct is being explored.
So far, an increasingly viable (and potentially less risky) option, which we call facilitated adaptation, has been little discussed. It would involve
rescuing a target population or species by endowing it with adaptive alleles, or gene variants, using genetic engineering.
Over the past 30 years, genetic engineering in agriculture has received substantial attention. Today, 12% of arable land worldwide is planted with
genetically modified (GM) crops; the GM seed market alone is valued at US$15 billion. As techniques become ever more sophisticated, more possibilities
will open up. .
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Usually as soon as the subject of genetically modifying something is brought up there is a torrential downpour of hate. I ask that before that starts
that everyone take the time to read the link. Here in Florida we thought the panthers were set for extinction several years ago yet I saw the first
one in my life last year.
IMO losing up to 40% of the existing species in the world is simply unexceptable. We need to act while we can.
edit on 29-9-2013 by Grimpachi because: (no reason given)