Project Seeks to Bring Extinct Species Back to Life

16:24 minutes

Although the gastric brooding frog became extinct in the mid-1980s, the genome of that Australian amphibian species is alive again thanks to modern biotech techniques. Michael Archer, leader of the ‘Lazarus Project,’ describes early efforts to resurrect extinct species.

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Michael Archer

Michael Archer is a professor in the Evolution of Earth & Life Systems Research Group at the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

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About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director and senior producer, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.