Can Biotechnology Help Save Species?

Introduction:

Advances in biotechnology are allowing us to look at the natural world in new ways. We are beginning to understand the genetic basis of many diseases; we now use DNA evidence to solve crimes; we can analyze animals' DNA to see how individuals and even whole species are related to each other.

Biotechnology or the manipulation of DNA has been touted in the popular press as a potential cure for many of society's ills. In the context of conservation however, what good does it do to clone an endangered plant or animal if there is no place in the wild left for it to live?

We spoke with William Conway, senior conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, about his work in conservation and the potential applications of biotechnology to wildlife conservation.

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