2016: Scientists Claim Genetically Re-Engineered Dinosaurs Could Be Here in 5 to 10 Years

In case you haven’t watched any Jurassic Park movie, in the next five to ten years you could see a live adaptation, better than computer-generated imagery. That is how long a group of scientists think it will take to recreate living, breathing dinosaurs. Although what is dead should stay dead, especially in the case of a species of super-predators like the dinosaurs that roamed Pangaea over two hundred million years ago. For some reason, the paleontologist that inspired Jurassic Park’s Dr. Alan Grant is pioneering a premiere genetic research that could bring dinosaurs back to life and possibly atop the food chain, until the next asteroid hits. Dr. Jack Horner, professor at Montana State University, the Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies, known to have made valuable contributions to paleontology as providing some of the first clear evidence of dinosaurs caring for their young, is leading […] Read More

2014: The Dream is Alive! We May be Able to Clone a Murderous T-Rex After All!!!

Two years ago a research paper about the longevity of DNA crushed the hopes and dreams of a generation who grew up believing we one day might be able to clone blood-thirsty, human-devouring dinosaurs. Scientists determined the half-life of DNA, the rate at which it degrades by half, at around 521 years in a best-case scenario. This meant that after about 8 million years there would be effectively no DNA left. Which is 60 million years too short for hopefully gleaning any useful T-Rex DNA. Science and pop culture bloggers were quick to point out that this meant the Jurassic Park idea popularized by Michael Crichton could never possibly work. As the Jurassic World trailer became available, nerds around the globe have reminded us this is an impossibility, along with making pedantic comments about crane flies and feathers. At the time of the first research paper’s publication, I wrote […] Read More