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Spencer Ferri

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Regenesis - restoring life by giving birth to the dead

A month ago I was told why it wasn't feasible to print extinct animals and then re-introduce them into the wild. After proposing the idea to the guy from Sharkwater while speaking about his newer movie, a woman approached be and explained that after a species is extinct its former environment changes, right down to the soil, and becomes incompatible with that life form.

If the issue we'll have is a compatability issue, then the solution is to re-introduce the matter of the animal back into the ecosystem before the animal itself.

If we can print a living creature from it's DNA, and if we can print human limbs, we can thus print animal limbs, aye? Can we reduce what the printer prints even further? How about just a mass of matter which is equal to the composition of the animal without being in any way animate?

If we did take a species which we ourselves recently made extinct, printed the matter of the animal and spread the matter in the environment, it'll decay right back into the soil and from there into the whole system. After a period of time, the animal itself could be introduced to the environment.

The problems I forsee are three-form. Firstly, there may be a cost to that same environment, to introduce food which does not need to be hunted for by whatever creatures which eat it. Second, there will be a cultural divide; predators may not know how to hunt this new prey, nor may this new prey know to run. These new animals will essentially be unadapted to their environment.


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    Aug 13 2013: Hi Spencer
    Look at any of the videos by J. Craig Venter. He is doing the best cutting edge DNA work. The Michael Archer video talks about cloning of extinct species like in the movie Jurassic Park. 3D printing of a human kidney involves printing with culture grown living human kidney cells. They may have been modified in some way by the technologies being developed by Craig Venter. They may be very healthy kidney cells taken from your own body. But 3D printing of a kidney is not the same as reanimating an extinct animal.

    I'm downloading the Anthony Atala video now. Everything is slow today.

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