WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It sounds like an experiment from the movie Jurassic Park, bringing extinct animals back to life.
On Friday, experts from around the globe talked about how to do just that. They came together at the National Geographic Museum to talk about De-Extinction.
"We do have the DNA, we've been exploring specimens in museums, most of the specimens represent a genetic arc, waiting for us to get our technology into shape," said Professor Mike Archer of the University of New South Wales.
The organization called Restore and Revive brought all these experts together to bring back animals that went extinct because of human activity.
This is not about bringing dinosaurs back to life. Most of the animals have been extinct for a few hundred years or less. They won't cause harm by returning to their natural environment; instead, they will restore the balance that the area needs.
"You pull a key animal out of an environment, and a lot of other animals that depended on it slowly start to disappear," Archer said.
The goal is to reverse that trend.
The scientists on this project have different motivations, but none of them are trying to put together a prehistoric zoo.
"The goal here is not to do a stunt, to get some zoo freaks. The goal is to see if we could bring back populations of these species and eventually reintroduce them into the wild," said Jamie Shreeve, the Science Editor of National Geographic Magazine.