Time Magazine has noted an invention is great if it "sometimes solves a problem you didn't think could be solved."
Like the "Skyscrapers can't turn invisible. Pens can't write in midair. Paraplegics can't walk. Except now they can. And sometimes an invention solves a problem you didn't know you had. Maybe you didn't realize you needed to eat a doughnut and a croissant at the same time, or resurrect an extinct frog, or turn your entire body into a living password." But with Time's Top 25 Inventions of 2013, "Now you do."
In the case of The University of Newcastle's Lazarus Project, the Newcastle scientists landed at no. 19 for Time's Top 25 Inventions of 2013.
The Lazarus Project has developed the "de-extinction technology" to clone animals and bring life back to species which had long been extinct. Through this project, the gastric brooding frog, now in its newfound existence, aids in understanding the management of gastric secretions in the gut.
In an interview with ABC, Lazarus Project Leader Michael Mahony said he was thrilled to have made it to the top 25 inventions of 2013.
"Yeah, it's really quite surprising actually. It's now six months ago that we first released the information about this project and so Time picked up on it, yes It's great."
Mahony claimed the Lazarus Project was truly game changing. "What we're proposing is an insurance policy for not just frogs, for any animal that may be going extinct or whose population is already very decreased. So, essentially, we're saying that it makes great sense to store the genomes of animals simply the way we store our own genomes in IVF banks all around the world."