Inside a San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research a few miles outward a city, in an artless building that smells like cleaning supplies, is a Frozen Zoo.
It’s an ark, really—”an ark in a freezer!” as Zach Baron writes in a underline essay for GQ—comprising 10,000 samples that paint roughly 1,000 class and sub-species.
It’s something to reason onto as a world loses all from “vital small soldiers like bees” to a “big charismatic mega-fauna like elephants.” And what a honeyed irony, if a synthetic origination like a freezer of vials turns out to revive some of a synthetic catastrophes of complicated time, from over-hunting to wickedness to meridian change.
Some of a animals in a Frozen Zoo still ramble a Earth, while others, like a Hawaiian bird po’ouli, are already extinct, and still some-more are inching ever closer toward extinction.
Baron reports that a “ark” is partial museum, to catalog a farrago of life on a planet, and partial apparatus for those who need samples for research.
But a third reason sensitively lives on, too: reanimation, or a probability therein. The record already exists, for example, to clone. Technological advances advise that there is during slightest a probability to someday replenish mislaid ecosystems.
Some important scientists call it “rearranging a rug chairs on a Titanic,” as Paul Ehrlich told a Washington Post final year. Saving cells isn’t, after all, saving species.
Yet. (A entertain of all mammals are now at risk of extinction.)
This essay creatively seemed on Newser: Could an ‘Ark in a Freezer’ Bring Back Lost Animals?
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