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Episode 23: Academentia and administrivia!

March 26, 2013

In episode 23, Tom, Morgan and I return to our roots of shooting the scientific breeze, ranging from de-extinction to the … interesting things … that people ask us when they find out what we do. Plus, for bonus points, you can play the Breaking Bio drinking game!

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  1. ZL 'Kai' Burington permalink
    March 26, 2013 10:27 pm

    Drinking game ideas:

    ~Every time someone mentions pubic lice, take a drink
    ~Every time someone mentions insect sex, take a drink

    I’m against the idea of “de-extinction”, not because of cynicism, but because you can’t “de-extinct” species. A few individuals does not make a species, a historical entity, a metapopulation across space and time, a combination of organisms and interactions. And ancient DNA is always damaged, so you’re not only not bringing back a species, you’re not even bringing back /individuals/ as they were, rather, some new creation which is an amalgam of ancient and recent DNA.

    So the question shouldn’t be “De-extinction?” but rather “Mad scientist creations?”

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