TEDxDeExtinction Has Ended
But National Geographic's Species Revival Coverage Continues
On Friday, March 15, at our Washington, D.C., headquarters, National Geographic hosted TEDxDeExtinction, a daylong conference on species-revival science and ethics convened by Revive & Restore. The talks are over, but the coverage and conversation continue, in our new cover story on de-extinction, at National Geographic News, on TV—and on Twitter:
8:30-9:00 a.m. ET: Intro
John Fahey—“A New Century of Exploration”
Chris Anderson—“TED Welcomes You”
Carl Zimmer—“(Some) Extinction Is (Not Necessarily) Forever"

9:00-10:00 a.m. ET: Which Species Should Be Resurrected?
Isabella Kirkland—“A Still Life of Stilled Life”
Susan Haig—“Bringing Back the Birds of Our Dreams”
Hendrik Poinar—“Not All Mammoths Were Woolly”
Michael Archer—“Second Chance for Tasmanian Tigers and Fantastic Frogs”
Joel Sartore—“Endangered Studio”

10:00-10:30 a.m. ET: Break

10:30 a.m.-Noon ET: How Can Extinct Species Be Revived?
Alberto Fernández-Arias—“The First De-extinction”
Oliver Ryder—“Genetic Rescue and Biodiversity Banking”
Robert Lanza—“The Use of Cloning and Stem Cells to Resurrect Life”
George Church—“Hybridizing With Extinct Species”
Michael McGrew—“Pigeons From Chickens”
Ben Novak—“How to Bring Passenger Pigeons All the Way Back”

Noon-1:30 p.m. ET: Break

1:30-3:00 p.m. ET: Should We Bring Back Extinct Species?
Stanley Temple—“De-extinction: A Game-changer for Conservation Biology”
David Ehrenfeld—“Extinction Reversal? Don’t Count on It.”
Kate Jones—“Why and Why Not Is a Matter of Specifics”
James Tate—“Rules, Regs, and Reactions”
Beth Shapiro—“Ancient DNA: What It Is and What It Could Be”
Hank Greely—“De-extinction: Hubris or Hope?”

3:00-3:30 p.m. ET: Break

3:30-5:00 p.m. ET: How Would It Work for Some Extinct Species to Be Wild Again?
Henri Kerkdijk-Otten—“Restoring Europe’s Wildlife With Aurochs and Others”
Kent Redford—“Tainted Species?”
William Powell—“Reviving the American Forest With the American Chestnut”
David Burney—“Rewilding, Ecological Surrogacy, and Now… De-extinction?”
Michael Mace—“California Condors Back From the Brink”

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Video: Should We Bring Back Extinct Species?

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