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Believe it or not, scientists are actually trying to bring the woolly mammoth back from extinction. It's not going to be easy, but if they get it right, and if they manage all the legal and ethical hurdles, the results could actually help save the world.

RadioWest divider.

What if you could take the DNA of an ancient creature and bring it back to life? It sounds like the plot of Jurassic Park, but you can’t actually rebuild a dinosaur. You could do it with a woolly mammoth though. The writer Ben Mezrich has a book about the scientists and researchers who are working to insert DNA from a mammoth hair sample into an elephant embryo. Thursday, he joins Doug to tell the story, and to explain how the results could actually help save the world. (Rebroadcast)

Ben Mezrich is the author of 18 books, including The Accidental Billionaires , which was the basis for the film The Social Network and Bringing Down the House, which was made into the film 21. His latest is called Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic, Extinct Creatures. [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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