Jurassic Park in real life

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Okay so obviously i am talking about cloning. Clearly jurassic park style dinosaursare still far out of reach, and futher research is still required in these areas. However the various extinct genomes have been resurrected.

Australian Scientis at the Universtiy of Melbourne have sucessfully ressurected the extinct gene of the Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus). The Tasmanian Tiger was a large carnivorous Australian marsupial which was hunted to extinction in the early 1900's. Scientists have sucessfully isolated the Col21A gene and injected into a mouse embryo. This process was sucessfull in 'resurecting' the extinct gene. Similar experiments have been conducted using mammoth DNA.

This technology will enable scientists to examine the biological functions of DNA from numerous extinct species. This not onlynallows palaeontolgist to gain futher insight into the lives of extinct animals, it also may prove potentially benificial in curing various, currently incurable diseases.

With almost 99% of species which have existed on earth being extinct, this opens up numerous possiblilities. The ability to access these extinct genes (provided of course that there is a sufficent quantites of DNA) facinates me. With further research one must consider the possibility of one day being able to effetively 'resurect' species entirely, something that with cureent extinction rates could enurse the survival of the diverse range of species on earth.

So who knows maybe one day we really will be able to go to some sort of 'park' and see dinosaurs alive and moving (although this would as Alan Grant puts it in the movie "Put me out of the job", well future job at least). With alot more time, effort, and money maybe someday someone really will be able to say 'Welcome to Jurassic Park'.

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