The Value of Math in De-extinction Zoology

In the classic film Jurassic Park, we get a glimpse of what it would be like to live alongside dinosaurs. You may remember the ominous line stated by Jeff Goldblum as he’s debating whether dinosaurs in the modern world is such a great idea. Whether it’s a good idea or a bad idea, the idea is here to stay. 

Although the science described in Jurassic Park is fiction, there is a field of science dedicated to the resurrection of extinct species. De-extinction zoology is a growing study that incorporates many different practices for the purpose of bringing back a species that is no longer alive. Processes like cloning and selective breeding are just some of the practices that make up de-extinction zoology, both of which rely on math fundamentals. 

Using Math to Reverse Extinction

De-extinction zoology is actually a branch of biology— the study of life. Science is often dependent on math because the skills they use overlap. A student that excels in math will have an aptitude for solving complex problems, thinking critically, and analyzing vast sums of data with precision.

Let’s look at the science of cloning. Animal cloning has already been achieved, most notably with Dolly the sheep. This complex process involved DNA, which itself requires the knowledge of statistics and numerical analysis. An education in math gives students the unique ability to see patterns, reasoning, and solutions in various numbers and formulas.

Nurturing a Love of STEM in Students

The VeraRosa Higher Learning Scholarship is passionate about supporting students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students who pursue a STEM degree are well on their way to exciting futures that make a difference in the world. We’re particularly excited to help bring more diversity to the STEM industry, and are committed to working with students of all backgrounds. Please contact us to find out more about getting involved with our mission.