Gene Editing Will Bring Back Extinct Animals
- Hypothetical Timeline: 2030 to 2040
Gene Editing has managed to make some massive breakthroughs in just the last 5 to 10 years alone. Many expect that it’ll only improve. CRISPR happens to be the leading gene-editing tech, but this won’t be long-term. Only until someone develops something even better. Right now, however, we can actually do a lot of impressive editing for humans as well as animals. That is why many expect gene editing to lead to the return of some specific extinct animals.
Dinosaurs are often referenced, but no one wants to see a “Jurassic Park” issue. On top of that, even if we managed to get everything 100% correct about them, it is unlikely they’d be as large. During their era, we had a really high level of oxygen, allowing all animals to be quite large. That level won’t exist in their comeback, but this is how the future might look. An era of extinction reversals. The question is, would we want gene editing to develop mythological creatures like the unicorn too?