Genetic modification proposed to save endangered species

26.09.2013

The Guardian

Published 26 September 2013

Genetic modification of animals so that they can deal with changing climate and habitats may be the only way to save some of the most endangered species from becoming extinct, according to biologists who want to start a debate on how to stem species loss.

Biologist Michael Thomas said conservationists needed to debate what he and his colleagues called “facilitated adaptation”, which involved rescuing populations or species by introducing gene variants that allow them to survive in changing temperatures or different ecological niches.

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