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New company will bring extinct species back from the dead

| March 21, 2013
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Two of biotechnology’s most prolific and far-sighted researchers say they’re teaming up to start a company that intends to rewrite the rules of animal reproduction.

The company, provisionally named Ark Corporation, is being cofounded by stem-cell pioneer Robert Lanza and Harvard Medical School DNA expert George Church.

It’s interesting stuff. Who wouldn’t want to see a saber-toothed tiger?

But here’s the deal: the very same biotechnologies needed to reanimate lost species are going to have far, far greater financial and social impact when they’re applied to commercial breeding of livestock, pets, and even humans.

Read the full article here: A Stealthy De-Extinction Startup

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