Can DNA Mapping Help Bring Back Extinct Species?

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Although genetic science is in a dramatic state of advancement, DNA still provides the basic model for lifeform definition and can identify individuals and their genes. The double-helical molecules are signposts, so accurate that even small variations between two DNA letter sequences can be reflected in huge differences between species. For example, the sequence for chimpanzees and humans agree about 99 percent. To complicate matters, individuals within a species also vary, agreeing only about 99.9 percent.

What makes DNA mapping perplexing is that not all genes have been pinpointed. To make matters worse, it may be impossible to tell if a particular letter mismatch signifies a true gene difference as opposed to a slight individual variance.

DNA reconstruction would involve lots of guesswork and demand much trial-and-error experimentation. Doing so is beyond the present genetics state-of-art.

Accurate DNA is crucial to the genetic engineering encountered in my book, Adam’s Pouched Lion. This story tells how geneticist Adam Boatwright will used pieces from an animal whose DNA is incomplete to patch together a whole. He believes that the more complete and contiguous an original DNA’s condition, the better will be the resulting DNA map. Adam will use such patchwork maps to duplicate extinct animals and clone them as living beings.

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In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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