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#1 10 years ago

Jurassic Park, is it possible?

What do you guys think? If we are able to successfully gather complete DNA from prehistoric creatures do you think eventually we will be able to clone them?

I think it would be pretty awesome. It would probably be best to keep dinosaurs in a zoo or Jurassic Park type park setting but I think it would be pretty awesome.

Now I'd recommend anybody building such a park watch the movie and make sure they don't make the same mistakes or leave the same loopholes but it would be pretty awesome if something along the lines of a real live Jurassic Park could be scientifically engineered in the future.

What do you think? Do you think it's possible?

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#2 10 years ago

Unfortunately I doubt it'll ever be possible, despite how bloody awesome it'd be to have a pet T-Rex to piss your neighbour off with.

In order to clone an animal you need complete strands of DNA, and there aren't any complete strands of dinosaur DNA precisely because they've been extinct for so long. The amber-encased mosquito method used in Jurassic Park wouldn't work, because DNA degrades over time once it's host critter is no longer alive, and whatever survived would have been contaminated by the mosquito's own DNA. Even with those bits and pieces left over, without a complete strand to use as a template, piecing the remains together would be impossible, and you can't use something like frog DNA because you'd just end up with a complete different animal. You'd end up with a three-foot-tall T-Rex that hopped instead of walking, croaked instead of roaring, and caught its prey with a two-foot-long sticky tongue. Which would be cool also, but not what you were aiming for (actually it probably wouldn't even survive).

More to the point, how are we growing this animal? Even if you could somehow sort out the DNA issues, you need a live reproductive cell from the animal in order to clone another, more commonly known as a female egg cell. Unless you know of a real lost world where dinosaurs still exist, I can't see scientists finding any. Ironically enough it's the 'chicken and the egg' scenario working against us - we need an egg!




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#3 10 years ago
Mr. Matt;4554785Ironically enough it's the 'chicken and the egg' scenario working against us - we need an egg!

Or a Dinosaur :nodding:




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#4 10 years ago

we could do it if we have one undamaged cell of a the dinosaur we could sort of clone it and it owuld grow so it is possible but its never goin to happen but it would be soooooooooooooo cool




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#5 10 years ago

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#6 10 years ago

We would sorta need an egg. They don't grow themselves.




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#7 10 years ago
Mr. Matt;4554785 You'd end up with a three-foot-tall T-Rex that hopped instead of walking, croaked instead of roaring, and caught its prey with a two-foot-long sticky tongue.

Ah, I want one! Frogzilla! I could dress it up in little frilly dresses and build it a dolls house to live in................man I need to learn not to post before my morning coffee!:lookaround: As others have said, sadly it's not possible. Shame. I'd go for a nice sabre toothed tiger. Imagine that chained up in your front yard. No more door-to-door salesmen!




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#8 10 years ago
Mr. Matt;4554785You'd end up with a three-foot-tall T-Rex that hopped instead of walking, croaked instead of roaring, and caught its prey with a two-foot-long sticky tongue. Which would be cool also, but not what you were aiming for

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#9 10 years ago

It might be possible. I've seen information that suggest they are indeed capble of inducing (of all things) a chicken to transform into the T rex.

I want to see real results first but it could be earth shattering science. I'm not sure yet what to think...




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#10 10 years ago

In order to clone an animal you need complete strands of DNA, and there aren't any complete strands of dinosaur DNA precisely because they've been extinct for so long. The amber-encased mosquito method used in Jurassic Park wouldn't work, because DNA degrades over time once it's host critter is no longer alive, and whatever survived would have been contaminated by the mosquito's own DNA. Even with those bits and pieces left over, without a complete strand to use as a template, piecing the remains together would be impossible, and you can't use something like frog DNA because you'd just end up with a complete different animal. You'd end up with a three-foot-tall T-Rex that hopped instead of walking, croaked instead of roaring, and caught its prey with a two-foot-long sticky tongue. Which would be cool also, but not what you were aiming for (actually it probably wouldn't even survive).

More to the point, how are we growing this animal? Even if you could somehow sort out the DNA issues, you need a live reproductive cell from the animal in order to clone another, more commonly known as a female egg cell. Unless you know of a real lost world where dinosaurs still exist, I can't see scientists finding any. Ironically enough it's the 'chicken and the egg' scenario working against us - we need an egg!

An experiment was done by scientists on this one show about dinos on Discovery. They where able to manipulate the genes and DNA in a bird embryo and made it have a longer tail and one have teeth. As all of you know birds are the direct result of the evolution of dinosaurs. So you might not get a T-rex, but you could for sure get something along those lines. Maybe an Emusaurus. It's actually quite scary though because we don't want mutant bird-dinos running around and killing people now do we? Let's not mess with nature and let it take it's course.