I just read a news about an organization for de-extinction of extincted animals, see also here and here. I searched internet to see if it is really a possible project, but i haven't found any estimate about its costs and its time frame. Of course, it may be possible in the next 2000 years. But my question is:

Is de-extinction possible in the near future (so we can see the result in our life)?

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    You might find ted.com/talks/… interesting.
    – Willem
    Mar 20, 2013 at 9:12
  • @Ian: Thanks for the link. My question is more about the time frame of achieving this technology, which is not discussed in detail in those old answers.
    – user11212
    Mar 20, 2013 at 12:37

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It has been done recently:


It seems to be more difficult the longer a species has been extinct.

  • I don't think the report confirms that it has done. It says
    – user11212
    Mar 21, 2013 at 4:41
  • "A process called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) was applied to a batch of eggs that had been kept in a freezer over the last 40 years. Biologists deactivated the eggs from the distantly related great-barred frog, and swapped the nuclei with that of the gastric-brooding frog. Some of the resulting eggs began to spontaneously divide, growing into the embryo stage. While none of the embryos survived past a few days, genetic tests confirm that the little balls of life were in fact full of the genetic material from the extinct species.
    – user11212
    Mar 21, 2013 at 4:45
  • We’re increasingly confident that the hurdles ahead are technological and not biological and that we will succeed." The above sentences doesn't mean it's done yet.
    – user11212
    Mar 21, 2013 at 4:46