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De-Extinction and the Genomics Revolution

Life on Demand


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Amy Lynn Fletcher
    Pages 1-8
  3. Amy Lynn Fletcher
    Pages 9-26
  4. Amy Lynn Fletcher
    Pages 63-70
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 71-84

About this book


This book considers the cultural history and politics of de-extinction, an approach to wildlife conservation that seeks to use advanced biotechnologies for genetic rescue, crisis interventions, and even species resurrections. It demonstrates how the genomic revolution creates new possibilities for human transformation of nature and accelerates the arrival of the era of life-on demand. Fletcher combines a summative overview of the modern progress in biology and biotechnology that has brought us to this moment and evaluates the relationship between de-extinction and provocative contemporary ideas such as rewilding, eco-modernism, and the Anthropocene. Overall, the book contends that de-extinction, as reported in the public sphere, shifts between the demands of science and spectacle and draws upon our ongoing fascination with lost worlds, Frankenstein’s monster, woolly mammoths, and dinosaurs.


Science and technology studies Public understanding of science and technology Biotechnology Science and technology politics Ethics and technology De-Extinction Species restoration Animals and people Scientific and technological innovation Enhancement Post-genomic age Anthropocene

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ChristchurchNew Zealand

About the authors

Amy Lynn Fletcher is an Associate Professor of Political Science at The University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She specializes in science, technology and environmental politics. She is an Associate Editor for Politics and the Life Sciences and Features Editor of Human Futures magazine.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title De-Extinction and the Genomics Revolution
  • Book Subtitle Life on Demand
  • Authors Amy Lynn Fletcher
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-25788-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-25791-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-25789-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 84
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Sciences, general
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