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Hastings Center News

Would Causing Extinction Ever Be the Right Thing to Do?

Hastings Center research director Gregory Kaebnick sat down with graphic journalist Deb Lucke to discuss the ethics of deliberate extinction—the use of genetic technologies to sacrifice certain harmful species for the greater good of nature. She created a comic that vividly illustrates the issues that Kaebnick’s project on deliberate extinction is grappling with, weighing the case for offing malaria-carrying mosquitoes, a flesh-eating parasite, and Lyme disease-spreading mice. See the comic.

Learn more about our National Science Foundation-funded project on the ethics of deliberate extinction.