Skip to comments.'Jurassic Park' scientist aims to hatch a dinosaur using DNA from birds
Posted on 12/29/2011 6:15:04 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
Some might say that only a bird brain could come up with such a plan, but scientist Jack Horner is hoping to use living birds to hatch a dinosaur.
Horner, the technical adviser on Jurassic Park and professor of palaeontology at Montana State University believes that a modern birds DNA contains a genetic memory that could be switched on again, resurrecting long-dormant dinosaur traits.
Whats more, hes looking for a helper to assist in the retro-engineering of a prehistoric beast.
He told LiveScience: I'm looking for a postdoctoral researcher. An adventurous postdoc who knows a lot about developmental biology and a little bit about birds. Horner explains that to make a dinosaur, he would start with the genome (the whole hereditary information encoded in the DNA) of an emu.
Emus have all the features we need in order to make a Velociraptor-sized dinosaur, he says.
If I were to make a dinosaur, that is where Id start.
Far-fetched as this sounds, his work is supported by other leading academics.
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Something tells me there is a reason god killed them off before he let us take over the planet.
I suspect, should they be successful we’ll have problems much like the movie.
B) What could possibly go wrong?
Always worry about some devastating hidden disease. Remember....they were wiped out....
Who cares? As long as I can get that great big rack of ribs like Fred Flinstone, I'll be happy!
Dr. Alan Grant (disbelief) “You bred raptors”?
I would think its already been done, all that is waiting is for the sheeple to be conditioned enough to accept strange stuff, kinda like having a BBC TV series perhaps?
Can't be that different from iguana or croc.
We have opposable thumbs and BBQ sauce. We win.
Good to be at the top of the food chain.
...we all know that just recently, a bunch of scientists developed a strain of chicken flu which has the potential to wipe out 25% of the human population on the earth....
...they were even urged not to publish their findings in technical publications...
...how long will it take before some lunatic group is threatening to turn it loose on the world???
...as "they" say....two people can keep a secret......if one of them is dead.
Oh God! He’s cloning Ted Kennedy! Run!
“Far-fetched as this sounds, his work is supported by other leading academics.”
Sort of like global warming.
You feed it and you clean up after it.
Oh, as if nothing could possibly go wrong with this.... (sarc)
This could end badly. Just what you need, a nine ton meat-eating lizard with an attitude.
Results so far have been encouraging:
“Pterodactyls is prac-ticully chickens...” < /wb >
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