University of Newcastle researchers are responsible for one of the world’s most significant inventions of 2013, according to TIME Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of the year 2013, just released. The Lazarus Project has developed de-extinction technology which will resurrect vanished species and is the only Australian invention named in the global list.
The breakthrough genome technology, which has been successfully applied to the gastric brooding frog, extinct since 1983, could herald a new era in global biodiversity and conservation management.
In its introduction to this year’s list, TIME said, “What makes an invention great? Sometimes it solves a problem you didn’t think could be solved. Maybe you didn’t realise you needed to resurrect an extinct frog. Now you do.”
The research team believes a human spread fungus was the primary cause of extinction.
“If it is clear that we have exterminated a species, we arguably have an obligation to bring it back,” said Professor Mahony Project Leader and Professor of Biology at the University of Newcastle.
In the Media:
The Guardian – Extinct frog resurrected with ‘de-extinction’ technology
The Herald – Newcastle scientists in world’s ‘top 25′ list