Skip to comments.Can We Really Reverse-Engineer a Dinosaur?
Posted on 05/21/2009 11:53:55 AM PDT by GodGunsGuts
Can We Really Reverse-Engineer a Dinosaur?
by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D., and Brian Thomas, M.S.*
A recent TV show has proposed the possibility that dinosaurs may walk the earth again someday as a result of mans ingenuity.
Dinosaurs: Return to Life, which aired on the Discovery Channel, included commentary from renowned dinosaur paleontologist Jack Horner and an assortment of molecular biologists who are studying bird development. Combined with the recent release of Horners book How to Build a Dinosaur, an interest has been sparked in the possible development of some type of Jurassic Park scenario in which a dinosaur-like creature could be developed using the genome of a...
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Don’t see why not. They did it in Jurassic Park.
It seems like it wasn’t that long ago people were saying we could never, ever in a million years successfully clone an animal, either.
Should we re-engineer a dinosaur?
Given our technological capabilities at present, we could probably make some good progress to doing this, and we would likely learn quite a bit about the process. But this does lead us to some very unstable moral and ethical ground.
When in doubt, just feed the T-Rex a lawyer.
Can We? Maybe someday
Should We? How does Dino Meat taste?
A pile of crap was reversed engineered and we got Zero.
It tastes just like prehistoric chicken.
Lets do it, what could possibly go wrong?
"Life finds a way."
Just like chicken. Duh!
Your so-called creation ‘scientists’ conveniently ignored the fact that birds are descended from dinosaurs and that most of the dinos were in fact warm blooded themselves.
“Can We Really Reverse-Engineer a Dinosaur?”
Oh, you mean like make the New York Times a BALANCED media outlet? >;-)
But, but dinosaurs pooped a lot, didn’t they? What about their carbon footprint?
First, you have to believe in engineering.
Oh I do, it’s obvious they left off the wheels on the early versions.
They’re walking the earth right now. Birds. Can’t go outside without them sqwauking something or other. It’s pretty well conclusive now that birds are dinosaur’s that survived whatever killed the rest of them. Thank God for the Chicken Dinosaur. Kentucky Fried Chickensourus, with those great bisquits.
“Sure it always starts with Oooos and AHhh’s
but then comes the running and the screaming”.
My favorite line.
It has already been done.
I wish we could reverse-engineer the America of long ago.
Read the article.
Jurassic Park used DNA recovery.
This article talks about tweaking modern bird DNA to produce a dinosaur.
First and only good laff of the day!
First it starts with all the Oohs and Aahs, then it always ends up with the running and the screaming... (paraphrasing chaos philosopher from JP2)
First you need some dinosaur DNA and sequence the entire genome. Then change the chicken’s genome (thousands if not millions of changes). I had to make 10 changes in one gene when I was working in biotech. It took several months.
Serious scientists are already discussing and ruling out sythesis embryonics as patently unethical avenues of study.
“The film Jurassic Park exemplifies this whole discussion. The scientists in the movie are so focused on the question if they were able to clone dinosaurs, that no one asked whether they should be doing it! This should learn us a lesson and make us ask ourselves whether we should be practicing synthetic biology at all. Other questions follow on this one: is synthetic biology inherently wrong? If we act out of a deep respect for nature and life, doesnt this require that we let go synthetic biology? “
I was wondering how long it would take someone to bring in the HT photos...
If anyone says that there is a dino DNA sequence in the book, Michael Chriton used the sequence of pBR322, a common plasmid (DNA circle) used to clone stuff into bacteria. Soon after the book came out, someone ran the sequence versus the databases available then.
The question of “Should” is irrelevant. If we can, someone will.
Scientists have conflicting opinions on this subject. Some paleontologists think that all dinosaurs were "warm-blooded" in the same sense that modern birds and mammals are: that is, they had rapid metabolic rates. Other scientists think it unlikely that any dinosaur could have had a rapid metabolic rate. Some scientists think that very big dinosaurs could have had warm bodies because of their large body size, just as some sea turtles do today. It may be that some dinosaurs were warm-blooded. The problem is that it is hard to find evidence that unquestionably shows what dinosaur metabolisms were like.
“...ruling out sythesis embryonics as patently unethical avenues of study”
So they are ethical?
Whatever the answer, I have absolute confidence that the dim bulbs at ICR will be wrong about it.
I’d rather they spend time trying to create a patriotic democrat!
Can such a chimera live?
Would it not be a hybrid instead?
Thanks for the ping!
But I do wish they could bring back Mom, I really miss her sometimes.
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