May 3, 2018

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.

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]