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Bring Back the King : The New Science of De-extinction



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Author: Helen Pilcher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publish Date: 10 Jan 2017

ISBN-13: 9781472912251

Pages: 304

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Preface

If you could bring back just one animal from the past, what would you choose? It can be anyone or anything from history, from the King of the Dinosaurs, T. rex, to the King of Rock `n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, and beyond.

De-extinction – the ability to bring extinct species back to life – is fast becoming reality. Around the globe, scientists are trying to de-extinct all manner of animals, including the woolly mammoth, the passenger pigeon and a bizarre species of flatulent frog. But de-extinction is more than just bringing back the dead. It’s a science that can be used to save species, shape evolution and sculpt the future of life on our planet.

In Bring Back the King, scientist and comedy writer Helen Pilcher goes on a quest to identify the perfect de-extinction candidate. Along the way, she asks if Elvis could be recreated from the DNA inside a pickled wart, investigates whether it’s possible to raise a pet dodo, and considers the odds of a 21st century Neanderthal turning heads on public transport.

Pondering the practicalities and the point of de-extinction, Bring Back the King is a witty and wry exploration of what is bound to become one of the hottest topics in conservation – if not in science as a whole – in the years to come. READ THIS BOOK – the King commands it.
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About the Author

Helen Pilcher is a tea-drinking, biscuit-nibbling science and comedy writer. She has a PhD in Cell Biology from London’s Institute of Psychiatry. A former reporter for Nature, she now specializes in biology, medicine and quirky off-the-wall science, and writes for outlets including New Scientist and BBC Focus. Unusually for a self-proclaimed geek, Helen also used to be a stand-up comedian before the arrival of children meant she couldn’t physically stay awake past 9pm. She now gigs from time to time, and lives in rural Warwickshire with her husband, three kids and besotted dog.

helenpilcher.com / @HelenPilcher1
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Bringin’ It Back

1. King of the Dinosaurs
2. King of the Cavemen
3. King of the Ice Age
4. King of the Birds
5. King of Down Under
6. King of Rock ‘n’ Roll
7. Blue Christmas
8. I Just Can’t Help Believing
9. Now You See It …

Key References: A Little Less Conversation a Little More Reading
Acknowledgements
Index
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