Should extinct species be cloned? Free public lecture

Inset: Jeff Yule, lecturer on biodiversity; background Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, circa 2016 | Profile photo courtesy of Dixie State University, composite image St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A free lecture Tuesday at Dixie State University will look at the threat of losing many species of large land animals to extinction and possible solutions such as extinct species cloning.

Jeff Yule studies extinctions and science in society via literature, biology, environmental studies and environmental science. He is particularly interested in the biological causes and consequences of extinctions and in developing a better understanding of the ways in which people can or might prevent extinctions — or, failing that — respond to them.

Yule’s presentation at Dixie State’s weekly lecture series, “Dixie forum: A Window on the World,” will examine ways to protect the biodiversity of North America. His lecture, “Cloning, Rewilding, Baseline Decisions, and Ecological Restoration: Navigating North America’s Ecological Options” will be delivered from noon to 12:50 p.m. Tuesday in the Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center on campus.

For about the last 50,000 years, Yule says, large land animals have been at particular risk of extinction. The continual contraction of large predator distributions and populations has a range of consequences that have already begun to play out and will likely continue to do so far into the future.

Traditionally, scientists have focused on biological conservation and habitat restoration. Recently, scientists have been considering options that include extinct species cloning and the creation of parks that would support biological communities similar to those that existed during the last ice age.

By presenting a series of examples, Yule aims to help the audience understand North America’s potential ecological futures and make informed decisions about which one(s) should be pursued.

Before joining the interdisciplinary arts and sciences faculty at Dixie State, Yule was a professor of biology, environmental science, environmental studies and English.

About the Dixie Forum

The Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series on Tuesdays designed to introduce the St. George community and Dixie State students, faculty and staff to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation.

Dixie Forum will continue at noon on Nov. 1 in the Dunford Auditorium with a presentation on nutrition by Susan Roberts.

For more information on Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, please contact DSU Forum Coordinator John Burns at telephone 435-879-4712, by email to  burns@dixie.edu or visit the forum online

Event details

  • What: Dixie Forum “Cloning, Rewilding, Baseline Decisions, and Ecological Restoration: Navigating North America’s Ecological Options” with Jeff Yule.
  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 18, noon-12:50 p.m.
  • Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the campus of Dixie State University, 225 S. 700 East, St. George.
  • Admission: Free.

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5 Comments

  • .... October 16, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    absolutely not. nobody wants people like RealLowlife around

  • debbie October 16, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    yes when we’ve evolved better and can handle it. until then. NO. just save the dna. keep hanging on to it. we r no where near ready for that, we can’t pick a decent president… how on Gods green earth can we hand one that kind of responsibility? we would end up with ty rexs’ loose everywhere..

    • .... October 16, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      Well thats better than having people like RealLowlife everywhere. LOL !

  • ladybugavenger October 17, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Heck no! Nothing should be cloned! That is a creepy Frankenstein question. You will create monsters that kill people

    • .... October 17, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Yeah I don’t think Frankenstein would of eaten Cheetos and Coke

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