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Canadian scientist aims to turn chickens into dinosaurs
Breitbart ^ | 08/25/08 | Staff

Posted on 08/25/2009 11:04:37 AM PDT by OldDeckHand

After years spent hunting for the buried remains of prehistoric animals, a Canadian paleontologist now plans to manipulate chicken embryos to show he can create a dinosaur.

Hans Larsson, the Canada Research Chair in Macro Evolution at Montreal's McGill University, said he aims to develop dinosaur traits that disappeared millions of years ago in birds.

Larsson believes by flipping certain genetic levers during a chicken embryo's development, he can reproduce the dinosaur anatomy, he told AFP in an interview.

Though still in its infancy, the research could eventually lead to hatching live prehistoric animals, but Larsson said there are no plans for that now, for ethical and practical reasons -- a dinosaur hatchery is "too large an enterprise."

"It's a demonstration of evolution," said Larsson, who has studied bird evolution for the last 10 years.

"If I can demonstrate clearly that the potential for dinosaur anatomical development exists in birds, then it again proves that birds are direct descendants of dinosaurs."

The research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Research Chairs program and National Geographic.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: dna; embryos; evolution; genetics; godsgravesglyphs; jurassicpark; michaelcrichton; science
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If he can turn them into dinosaurs, how long until ACORN turns them into registered Democrats?
1 posted on 08/25/2009 11:04:37 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

IT’s like Biological Alchemy... hmmm, that would be a cool name for a band. Biological Alchemy.


2 posted on 08/25/2009 11:05:51 AM PDT by PureSolace (Trust in God)
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To: OldDeckHand

Think of the commercial possibilities. On a diet of scrap plywood these beasts could crow to several tons in a year.


3 posted on 08/25/2009 11:08:49 AM PDT by Natural Law
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To: OldDeckHand
What could possibly go wrong?
4 posted on 08/25/2009 11:09:02 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: OldDeckHand

Oh sure. It’s all fun and games until someone becomes lunch.


5 posted on 08/25/2009 11:09:38 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (The townhalls were going great until the oPods showed up.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Oh great....an 8 ton Rhode island rooster....crowing at daylight.


6 posted on 08/25/2009 11:09:40 AM PDT by texmexis best (uencynd no)
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To: PureSolace

Biological Alchemy is a GREAT name for a band.


7 posted on 08/25/2009 11:10:24 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: OldDeckHand

Check congress. It’s full of them!


8 posted on 08/25/2009 11:10:32 AM PDT by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: OldDeckHand
then it again proves that birds are direct descendants of dinosaurs."

When was the first time?

If these "genetic switches" exist, then it is likely that "genetic switch" and the genetic code for chicken existed in the dinosaur too.

Which would mean that the chicken DNA is not an "evolutionary product" but rather a selection of genetic potential that already existed from the beginning.

9 posted on 08/25/2009 11:10:40 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Natural Law
"Think of the commercial possibilities. On a diet of scrap plywood these beasts could crow to several tons in a year."

To say nothing of the literary possibilities. For the first time in decades, Tweety Bird could strike fear into the heart of the PuddyCat.

10 posted on 08/25/2009 11:10:46 AM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: IYAS9YAS

“Yeah, but when the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.”


11 posted on 08/25/2009 11:11:21 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: RichInOC
What could possibly go wrong?


We become the dinner?

12 posted on 08/25/2009 11:14:06 AM PDT by John123 (My Definition of Liberals - Folks who validates their existence by calling someone a racist.)
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To: OldDeckHand

When this is reported, it’s never close to happening. Just hype for attention. The question is what is being done now that isn’t reported....


13 posted on 08/25/2009 11:14:12 AM PDT by FTJM
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To: OldDeckHand

14 posted on 08/25/2009 11:14:26 AM PDT by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: Natural Law
Q: So what do they taste like?

A: We don't know, we've never been able to kill one.

15 posted on 08/25/2009 11:14:52 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Portcall24

The Colonel says “Boys we are going to need a whole lot more spices!”


16 posted on 08/25/2009 11:17:05 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: OldDeckHand

Awsome!!!

The end of “Jurassic Park” wasn’t a nightmare.
It was a DREAM.

A dream of dodging triceratops on the freeway.
Of fighting my way into my home with a Franchi SPAS-12 or a Benelli M1 Super 90.
Of using a .50 cal to cover the dog while he went outside to crap.

I can only pray that this succeeds.


17 posted on 08/25/2009 11:17:14 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: OldDeckHand

Wait till these chickens come home to roost.


18 posted on 08/25/2009 11:19:21 AM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: OldDeckHand

I read a science fiction story once, where a scientist decided that crocodiles were lazy because of a heart defect. So he performed heart surgery on a few and they grew into dragons, bred and took over the world.

Of course the story didn’t explain why the offspring didn’t have the same genetic heart defect as it’s parents.


19 posted on 08/25/2009 11:21:03 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: OldDeckHand
The very next news story up was "Massachusetts Leaders Weigh Giving Governor Appointment Power to Replace Kennedy" ~ which may well be the answer.

Just take some leftover otherwise useless stemcells out of Kennedy (decant that ol'boy right down to a Mason jar in fact) and turn a chicken into a Kennedy.

The Massachusetts Dems would vote for the chicken Fur Shur.

20 posted on 08/25/2009 11:30:11 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: OldDeckHand

I’m going to need a bigger grill!


21 posted on 08/25/2009 11:32:27 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: OldDeckHand

If I wanted to see a chicken who turned into a dinosaur, I’d go hear Bill Clinton speak.


22 posted on 08/25/2009 11:33:08 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: DannyTN
Look, I've already sidetracked to that old dinosaur Teddy Kennedy, we sure don't wanna' be talking about evolution in the same breath ~ maybe devolution ~

But, if you insist, all mammals have the same genes, all birds have the same genes, there are differences. There are some differences in the number of genes ~ but the big differences arise from methylation ~ it can turn on, or turn off, whole banks of genes.

We don't know yet all the causes of methylation, or who/what/which/where controls it. Maybe there's a super computer in your genome somewhere and it does the deed ~

The basic idea is that we are all made out of the same stuff, but there are differences. That's why your liver will taste just like a chicken liver, but the gizzard is gonna' be different ~ 'cause you don't have one!

23 posted on 08/25/2009 11:35:59 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: OldDeckHand

“Yeah, ooh, aah, that’s how it always starts. Later comes the running and the screaming.”


24 posted on 08/25/2009 11:47:04 AM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: epluribus_2

Hold muh beer whilst I chop the head off this here pullet fer dinner...


25 posted on 08/25/2009 11:49:22 AM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: John123

“If I weren’t gay I would load my 8 gauge with big bird shot and shoot that freakish yellow thing.
But I am. So I can’t. It was seeing Renee without makeup. I started wearing an onion on my belt, one thing led to another ....”
Everett Hitch,
Homosexual Gunfighter,
`Appaloosa’


26 posted on 08/25/2009 12:02:36 PM PDT by tumblindice (This space for rent)
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To: OldDeckHand
It's almost as mad an idea as turning poodles into pandas.


27 posted on 08/25/2009 12:07:29 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Coming to Marxists' Vineyard this 2009 - Wee Wee's Big Adventure.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Lots of fun sci-fi movies start off that way...


28 posted on 08/25/2009 12:21:19 PM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: fanfan

Your tax dollars at work?


29 posted on 08/25/2009 12:26:29 PM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123)
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To: OldDeckHand

What does dinosaur taste like?


30 posted on 08/25/2009 12:49:18 PM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: OldDeckHand

I must return to my experrrriments - /evil laugh.


31 posted on 08/25/2009 12:52:40 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: OldDeckHand

The latest project is inserting chicken genes into a millipede so dozens of drumsticks can be produced from one bird, according to the KFC Center for Dino Deep Frying.


32 posted on 08/25/2009 12:58:59 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: IYAS9YAS
>It’s all fun and games until someone becomes lunch

Then it becomes a
reality TV show
with kick-ass ratings!

33 posted on 08/25/2009 1:01:36 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: BJClinton
"What does dinosaur taste like?"

Helen Thomas

34 posted on 08/25/2009 1:07:38 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: RichInOC
What could possibly go wrong?

Nothing. We've taken every possible precaution. The viewing area below us will have eight-inch tempered glass set in reinforced steel frames; the outdoor pens are surrounded by electrified wire charged to 10,000 volts; and population control is one of our security precautions here. There is no unauthorized breeding. Finally, we have the whole park managed by one series of redundant computers. Here, meet our Chief Developer....


35 posted on 08/25/2009 1:09:34 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("If they taxed condoms and toilet paper, they'd have us coming and going." - Lazamataz, 2002)
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To: RichInOC
What could possibly go wrong?

Nothing. We've taken every possible precaution. The viewing area below us will have eight-inch tempered glass set in reinforced steel frames; the outdoor pens are surrounded by electrified wire charged to 10,000 volts; and population control is one of our security precautions here. There is no unauthorized breeding. Finally, we have the whole park managed by one series of redundant computers. Here, meet our Chief Developer....


36 posted on 08/25/2009 1:09:34 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("If they taxed condoms and toilet paper, they'd have us coming and going." - Lazamataz, 2002)
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To: OldDeckHand

*sigh*

I didn’t like my lunch very much anyway.


37 posted on 08/25/2009 2:09:15 PM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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38 posted on 08/25/2009 2:09:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: OldDeckHand
JUST what we need.
Honey, what’s for dinner? HUMAN, AGAIN?!


39 posted on 08/25/2009 2:12:43 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Springman; Eaker
Your tax dollars at work?

Research Council of Canada, the Canada Research Chairs program....Yep!

But if Eaker fires up the BBQ, it will all be worth it.

40 posted on 08/25/2009 3:52:19 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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41 posted on 08/25/2009 3:54:22 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: fanfan

mmmm....Canucky Fried Raptor


42 posted on 08/25/2009 4:11:13 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kanawa; Don W

LOL!

How’re you doing?

Are you posting from the old place, or the new place?

DonW said to say “Hi”!


43 posted on 08/25/2009 4:20:25 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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But if Eaker fires up the BBQ, it will all be worth it.

Normally I would say, "You kill it and I'll grill it."

But for you fanfan, I'll kill it and grill it!

44 posted on 08/25/2009 4:45:07 PM PDT by Eaker (If you have a problem and If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.)
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To: fanfan; Don W

Hi,DonW!

Still at the old. It’ll be awhile yet ‘til the permanent move.
Going mid-September to erect a bunkhouse to protect us as we develop the land further.
I’ll share some photos on return!


45 posted on 08/25/2009 4:48:12 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: Eaker; Springman; kanawa

Aw, you are such a kind gentleman!

I’ll bring the potato salad.

:-)


46 posted on 08/25/2009 4:52:57 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: kanawa

I can’t wait!

LOL, I bet you can’t either!

What province again? PM me if you prefer.


47 posted on 08/25/2009 4:57:27 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: fanfan; kanawa; TheMom

Scratch the potato for a bottle of Russian Stolichnaya Elit and a jar of olives. TheMom can cook a hell of a martini.

Kanawa is invited too. Sam can play with my dogs while we are barbecuing and eatin’!


48 posted on 08/25/2009 5:04:55 PM PDT by Eaker (If you have a problem and If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.)
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To: fanfan

“First there are ‘Oohs’ and ‘Ahhs’, next there is running and screaming.” Dr Ian Malcolm


49 posted on 08/25/2009 5:08:29 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 216 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: fanfan

New Brunswick, about 30 minutes from Moncton.


50 posted on 08/25/2009 5:26:49 PM PDT by kanawa
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