Spielberg may have claimed the’ 90s classic was credible – but without dinosaur DNA, expect less feral beasts and more … chickens
In the weekly edition of the guide “Solved!” In this column, we examine an important pop culture question that you’re dying to know – and clear it up once and for all
Don’t pretend you never thought about it Yeah, yeah – it’s an odd downside to populating an island with once-extinct reptiles Sure, the T rex shows a disregard for road safety, and Velociraptors’ approach to hiding and to search is frankly unsporting But the majestic song of the Brachiosaurus! The incredible herds of dinosaurs! The shiny splendor of Jeff Goldblum’s chest rug! Could Jurassic Park happen in real life?
In 1993, it appeared Newsweek published an article confirming Jurassic Park’s scientific plausibility, pointing out that two Berkeley scientists announced during filming that they had cloned 40m of bee DNA after they put that in Amber Preserved Insect “This film depends on credibility,” Spielberg told Newsweek. “The credibility of the premise that cloning dinosaurs could be brought back to life made the film possible”
But even then there were problems. To replicate a dinosaur genome, you need billions of building blocks of DNA, base pairs. But none of the ancient DNA they harvested had more than 250. That’s like getting a 10Unpacking a 000-piece T rex jigsaw to find two corner pieces and a piece of tooth. And in recent years, the University of Manchester’s amber-based experiments have shown that the bees’ DNA findings are likely to be based on incorrect results anyway. Plus there’s another one Another small barrier to setting up Jurassic Park: Nobody has ever found dinosaur DNA Scientists know that DNA degrades over time The oldest DNA ever found is from an 800000-year-old human ancestors The dinosaur DNA you need should have survived for approximately 65 million years
Maybe Life Can Find A Way But a controversial paleontologist who also happens to be a science advisor to the Jurassic Park franchise believes we may have all of the DNA we need: in chickens, scientists made it, that Optimizing poultry DNA so that alligator-like teeth and a dinosaur-like snout grow instead of a beak Given that the project is often referred to as “Chickenosaurus,” it may not be quite the formidable spectacle Spielberg was thinking of
Additionally, you might as well consider the chalk plant species that give Jurassic Park its lush, green quality a write-off (how are they going to get plant DNA out of a mosquito in the first place? during Veganuary?) and of course the creatures wouldn’t be Replicas of once-dead species like T rex, but a man-made version of how we believe dinosaurs may have been, they may lack the same majesty as in the movie, especially given the fact that things – as they are the connection between dinosaurs and know birds – possibly a little worse than on the screen
Jurassic Parks’ vision of scientists genetically engineering dinosaur-like creatures could happen so will they be installed in a formidable theme park with jeep-based tours? Less likely, but who knows? You wouldn’t hope so, since we now have five films that show us how they turn humanity into a mid-morning snack. In the words of Jeff Goldblum, sometimes we are so busy whether we can that we can’t stop thinking about whether we should
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