Building a Dinosaur From a Chicken [Video]

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”.

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6 Responses to Building a Dinosaur From a Chicken [Video]

    • But why not? It's shiny…
      You could "easily" build in all-purpose fail-safes. You can even set their genes to self-destruct with certain triggers, like time or exposure to something not-common in nature (or where ever they'll be kept) but is also easy for us to produce and deliever in mass quantities without harming the surrounding environments (perhaps you could program the genes to destabilize when exposed to a frequency that is supper-low on the EM spectrum – not common, but also not lethal to natural life and "easy" to just 'spray' wide areas with)

    • yes they are. They're extinct because of climate change and other environmental factors. :P  I doubt they're gonna create a velociraptor from a chicken. perhaps an archaeopterix which is just a huge ass bird with talons and clawed wings.

  1. Chickens are good, mutant frogs that breed only in a group of females are not 8D

    But I think the whole idea is not good, chaos is always waiting to spoil everything, as the  Jurassic Park  book says