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We'll Soon Be Able To Resurrect Extinct Species. Should We?

Thanks to advances in science, the reintroduction of extinct animal species is now feasible — even inevitable. But beyond possible benefits for biodiversity, these projects raise numerous environmental and ethical dilemmas.

PARIS — In 2700 BC, history's first known architect, Imhotep, built the pyramid of Djoser, considered to be the oldest in the world. At about the same time, in Siberia, the last mammoths on our planet were dying out.

Thousands of years later, the species continues to arouse curiosity and fascination. Now, new projects aim to bring the prehistoric animal out of the history books and back to life. Australian cultured meat company, Vow, unveiled a giant meatball made from a wooly mammoth in a laboratory. According to them, this protein ball from the past could pave the way for our food of the future.

On the scientific level, our abilities to recreate species that have disappeared less than a million years ago are now established.

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