Scientists Launch Project to ‘De-Extinct’ the Dodo, Reintroduce to Natural Habitat


The phrase “dead as a dodo” may be, well, dead as a dodo, if a recently-founded “de-extinction company” has its way.

Colossal Biosciences, founded in 2021 by entrepreneur Ben Lamm and Harvard geneticist George Church, announced on Tuesday that it plans to resurrect and rewild the dodo, the iconic flightless bird that has become a powerful symbol of extinction after it was rapidly wiped out as a result of human interference on its native island of Mauritius.

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