The Real Jurassic Park Essay

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Right now, it's impossible to recreate extinct dinosaurs. It is pretty unlikely that scientists will ever be able to bring them back to life. Only with a quantum leap in scientific comprehension could such a project be successful. However, technology is advancing every day, and everyday we are getting closer to that dim light at the end of the tunnel that is recreating extinct dinosaurs and bringing to life the famed "Jurassic Park". However, just like anything else, it will take time and certain procedures to achieve the seemingly impossible task.The first step is to find dinosaur DNA. New technology has made research on fossil DNA possible, but no dinosaur DNA has ever been found. At the American Museum of Natural History, researchers have extracted the sequenced DNA from a weevil that lived 25 to 40 million years ago, long after the end of the age of dinosaurs, but that's the closest they've come. Other scientists have found fossil DNA from other insects and plants. The most common way to find the DNA is in mosquitoes that had bitten living dinosaurs. Soon afterward, these insects were caught in oozing tree sap that fossilized into amber. The scientists in the movie extracted dinosaur blood from the fossilized insects and used the DNA in the blood to recreate dinosaurs. However in real life, it is extremely hard to extract DNA from these mosquitoes. And even if the DNA was extracted, it's even harder to tell what kind of species' of DNA you have. The DNA is hard to read because there is no "Dinosaur Genome" reference, and even if there was, it's hard to read because the DNA might be "chopped" (there are many missing pieces of it).The second step would be to grown an embryo. If it is considered hard to find Dinosaur DNA, then it can be justifiably considered near impossible to grow an embryo. Now, while there are listed procedures on how someone would go about duplicating "Jurassic Park", there are none for how someone would go about growing and dinosaur embryo. It is uncharted territory in this field of genetic engineering. However, scientists have provided what they feel would be, with all the right materials and of course, a little bit of luck, a successful propagation. First, you would need to inject the dinosaur's DNA into a cell, then insert that into an ostrich egg. The reason they picked the ostrich is because its genetic coding seems to be the most alike. When the ostrich would be born, it would bare dinosaurian features, scientists could then compare this ostrich's DNA with a hybrid ostrich's and pinpoint what coding constitutes what features. By repeating this process a number of times, scientists could eventually construct a whole dinosaur, in theory, that is. But the conundrum remains of how would the dinosaur's DNA react with that of the ostrich. The only answer scientists could come up with would be to eliminate the ostrich's DNA altogether.The third step in the process of resurrecting dinosaurs from the past is to raise the...

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