real life Jurassic park on its way?

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  1. blar

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    I have read Jurassic Park (one of the best books I've ever read), and I do believe that such a project should never be done...commercially where there are no regulations. However, if it is known world-wide and there is at least some observation into what is going on, I would love to see such things happen. I was a fairly big dinosaur buff as a kid, and even if I couldn't go to the park, live footage of dinosaurs would just be sweet.
     
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    there's a reason why authors like crichton refer to their work as science fiction :p

    it would be virtually impossible to recreate a working dinosaur genome no matter how many DNA fragments you recovered. and it would be equally difficult to grow dinosaur cells, let alone whole animals. I mean, I'd really love to have a velociraptor in a kennel, but nothing of that nature is gonna happen any time soon.
     
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    Not likely. DNA degrades fairly rapidly; even Holocene remains often can't be tested.
     
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    Cmon now jon....don't go and ruin my ignorant happiness :)
     
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    Yeah, well, it's a nice change from telling people that Star Trek didn't "predict" something. (My favorite is black holes; John Mitchell theorized about the concept, but not the overused name, in 1783. Trek spinoffs don't mind abusing black holes, though; trust me, event horizons don't have a "fissure".)
     
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    lol i know this is not possible i was just kidding/starting a convo i actually find this pretty interesting
     
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    mr.president: yea it is quite interesting i wonder what possiblities will come up
     
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    It would be stupid not to clone dinosaurs
     
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    Well, if we could find intact dinosaur DNA, we would be able to. But 65 million years is a long time, and fossils aren't exactly found in hard vacuum.

    Oh, did you know dimetrodon (the thing with the fin) wasn't a dinosaur? Nor was it Jurassic. It was a Permian mammal. (Yep, mammals split from birds/reptiles before birds split from reptiles.)
     
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    a synapsid ("paramammal") actually ;) there were quite a few of them at the time - in fact as far we know they're ancestral to all mammals, although science rather unjustly regards them as "transitional" creatures. basically they had reptilian skeletal and body traits, but more characteristically mammalian dentition, and of course a "warm-blooded" physiology. dimetrodon was the coolest-looking, but it was probably a pretty ungainly (not to mention damn smelly) animal in life. and the same is said for so many of us even now :p
     
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    It was once impossible to go to the moon, manipulate atoms, or fly like a bird.

    In time we will do it. It&#39;s too cool not to (not to mention lucrative). Our knowledge of genetics is terribly rudimentary. Or we&#39;ll just go back in time and grab a few.

    Reminds me of one of my favorite SNL skits back when SNL was still funny:

    Theodoric, Barber of York: Well, I&#39;ll do everything humanly possible. Unfortunately, we barbers aren&#39;t gods. You know, medicine is not an exact science, but we are learning all the time. Why, just fifty years ago, they thought a disease like your daughter&#39;s was caused by demonic possession or witchcraft. But nowadays we know that Isabelle is suffering from an imbalance of bodily humors, perhaps caused by a toad or a small dwarf living in her stomach.
     
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