Monday, May 19, 2008

Research paves way for bringing the dinosaur back to life

Australian scientists say it may one day be possible to bring the dinosaur back to life, after a world-first experiment with DNA from the extinct Tasmanian tiger.
Injected DNA from preserved Tasmanian tiger specimens was injected and brought back to life in a mouse embryo in the nine-year experiment conducted by Melbourne University zoologists Andrew Pask and Marilyn Renfree.
In results published in the international scientific journal PLoS One today, the experiment proved the tiger DNA was able to grow cartilage and bone in the mouse, showing the extinct gene could be brought back to life.
Dr Pask said the same technique could now be used with other extinct species such as the dinosaur, mammoth and neanderthal, all of which scientists had large amounts of DNA available.
And he said while the technique released today could recreate only a single extinct gene, with technology advancing all the time, it could one day be possible to bring whole creatures back to life.
"I have no doubt the whole creature could be brought back to life in the future," Dr Pask told AAP.
And he said creating combinations such as Pterodactyl wings on mice would also be possible.
"Yes it does, you could look at those combinations," he said.

Full article here. http://www.stuff.co.nz/4554590a12.html

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