Raising the dead?
It was the stuff of every palaeontologist’s dream. Dinosaur DNA, trapped inside a mosquito preserved in amber for millions of years, was extracted by scientists to recreate the extinct beasts. But sadly – for the palaeontologists and little boys everywhere – this wasn’t fact. It was the plot of Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster movie that terrified and thrilled audiences worldwide.
That was then, however. Now, 21 years on, his work of fiction could be getting closer to becoming true. A team of scientists in Australia has successfully created embryos froman extinct frog by extracting its DNA and implanting it into another frog species. The consequences are life-changing – it means we could in the future be able, literally, to raise the dead, including dinosaurs. It’s not such a far-fetched idea because birds are direct descendants of the T-Rex and velociraptors, meaning, as writer Mike Peake says on page 16, their dormant genes could be switched back on to turn a parrot, say, into a pterodactyl. It could also enable scientists to preserve the DNA of endangered species, such as the panda, so they never die out. A dream scenario or the stuff of nightmares? Let me know what you think,
This week I’m loving…
With the no-make-up look hitting the runways, I’m cheating my way to flawless skin with Clarins Instant Light. Part base, part skincare, it contains katafray plant extract to naturally hydrate and boost the skin’s radiance. Result! Dh155.
Big on the latest beauty trends but small enough to fit into the tiniest make-up bag, Make Up For Ever’s Limited Edition Art Blossom eye shadow palette is a must-have. It contains eight shades, six of which are exclusive. Metallic Copper and Gold Beige are my new everyday favourites. Dh200 at Make Up For Ever.
I’ve gone even blonder for winter, which brightens up overcast Dubai days, but leaves my hair frizzier than ever. Now I’m taming my out-of-control locks with Wella Pro Series Frizz Control. Just a couple of drops leaves my locks smooth and silkier. Dh22.95.