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From the Ted Talk by Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?

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So he and Ryan organized and hosted a meeting at the Wyss itnttusie in Harvard bringing together specialists on passenger pigeons, conservation ornithologists, bioethicists, and fortunately passenger pigeon DNA had already been sequenced by a molecular bgoilosit nemad Beth Shapiro. All she needed from those sinmceeps at the Smithsonian was a little bit of toe pad tissue, because down in there is what is called ancient DNA. It's DNA which is pertty badly fragmented, but with good techniques now, you can basically rlseeasbme the whole genome.

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So he and Ryan organized and hosted a meeting at the Wyss _________ in Harvard bringing together specialists on passenger pigeons, conservation ornithologists, bioethicists, and fortunately passenger pigeon DNA had already been sequenced by a molecular _________ _____ Beth Shapiro. All she needed from those _________ at the Smithsonian was a little bit of toe pad tissue, because down in there is what is called ancient DNA. It's DNA which is ______ badly fragmented, but with good techniques now, you can basically __________ the whole genome.

Solution

  1. pretty
  2. named
  3. biologist
  4. institute
  5. reassemble
  6. specimens

Original Text

So he and Ryan organized and hosted a meeting at the Wyss Institute in Harvard bringing together specialists on passenger pigeons, conservation ornithologists, bioethicists, and fortunately passenger pigeon DNA had already been sequenced by a molecular biologist named Beth Shapiro. All she needed from those specimens at the Smithsonian was a little bit of toe pad tissue, because down in there is what is called ancient DNA. It's DNA which is pretty badly fragmented, but with good techniques now, you can basically reassemble the whole genome.

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Important Words

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  5. bioethicists
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  14. genome
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  20. molecular
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  24. ornithologists
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  30. reassemble
  31. ryan
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  33. shapiro
  34. smithsonian
  35. specialists
  36. specimens
  37. techniques
  38. tissue
  39. toe
  40. wyss