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Subject: Re: De-Extinction Show Date: 5/3/2013 11:59 PM
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"The part I heard was about sequencing the DNA of the extinct passenger pigeon. Ben Novak says they will succeed in recreating the passenger pigeon. I believe he said it won't be a perfect recreation, but close." - lindytoes

If they get close but not perfect it won't be the passenger pigeon but something else; a close facsimile perhaps, but not a passenger pigeon.

I believe that it was not only humans hunting passenger pigeons to extinction that did them in but also trichomonas brought in by the common domestic pigeon (Columba livia) and habitat loss. It is the most common disease of domestic pigeons. The foods that the passenger pigeon fed on, chestnuts, etc. don't exist anymore.

So when they "re-create" the passenger pigeon they also need to put in there a resistance to common diseases of domestic pigeons. I doubt that the Passenger Pigeon had any resistance to the disease.


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