How to clone a mammoth: The science of de-extinction

7.30pm to 9.00pm, Thursday 21 May

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Columbian mammoth

    Credit: Via Wikimedia Commons


Standard £12

Concession £8

Associate £6

Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ancient DNA research, takes us through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro will explore the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used to resurrect the past.

About the speaker

Beth Shapiro is an American evolutionary molecular biologist, working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She researches mammoths, dodos, and other extinct animals using ancient DNA and statistical models, giving us a glimpse back in time.

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This event starts half an hour later than most of our public events so doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

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