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The Re-Origin of Species by Torill Kornfeldt

The Re-Origin of Species by Torill Kornfeldt

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Journalist Torill Kornfeldt travelled the world to meet the scientists working to bring extinct animals back from the dead. Along the way, she has seen the mammoth that has been frozen for 20,000 years, and visited the places where these furry giants will live again.

From the Siberian permafrost to the Californian desert, scientists across the globe are working to resurrect all kinds of extinct animals, from ones that just left us to those that have been gone for many thousands of years. Their tools in this hunt are the fossil record and cutting edge genetic technologies. Some of these scientists are driven by sheer curiosity; others view the lost species as a powerful weapon in the fight to preserve rapidly changing ecosystems. It seems certain that these animals will walk the earth again, but what world will that give us? And is any of this a good idea? Science journalist Torill Kornfeldt travelled the globe to meet the men and women working to bring these animals back from the dead and answer these questions.

Torill Kornfeldt is a Swedish science journalist with a background in biology. She has worked for Sweden's leading morning newspaper and leading public broadcaster. Her focus is on how emerging bioengineering and technology will shape our future. The Re-origin of Species is her first book. Fiona Graham has a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University, and has lived in Kenya, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Nicaragua, and Belgium. She translates from Spanish, French, Dutch, Swedish, and German, and is currently the reviews editor at the Swedish Book Review .