Thursday, June 9, 2011
Horner to Restore Dinosaur DNA in Chickens
What Jack Horner is proposing to do is certainly not unreasonable. The fact is that aspects of DNA expression no longer advantageous are never lost so much as simply turned off. Thus turning those aspects back on is a reasonable proposition. It is easier if one sort of knows were to look or are in possession of even damaged DNA, but not on the face of it an impossibility.
Rather obviously, restoring the mammoth and the mastodon will go a lot easier if we simply identify the actual variations from the elephant and make appropriate adjustments. This should be possible with the frozen DNA conveniently available.
I have already posted that our aliens may well be humanity with its DNA upgraded to optimize necessary features. That means it is possible for us to learn and to make good choices. This means that a good place to start will be animal models.
We may see the full restoration of every extinct species before we are finished. I would really like to see a live Auroch.
Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he's taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a "Chickenosaurus".
About Jack Horner
Jack Horner and his dig teams have discovered the first evidence of parental care in dinosaurs, extensive nesting grounds, evidence of dinosaur herds, and the world’s first dinosaur embryos. He's…