By Heather Goldstone & Elsa Partan

Many scientists think we are in the midst of a sixth mass extinction, and it’s our fault.

The idea of bringing back extinct animals has gotten more attention in recent years as labs around the world get better at sequencing their genes. Could we once again have herds of woolly mammoths grazing the tundra of the north?

Beth Shapiro, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at U.C. Santa Cruz asks a different question: should we? She answers it in her book, How to Clone A Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction.

The short answer is no.

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