Rais­ing the dead?

Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Karen Pasquali Jones Ed­i­tor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

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,

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