01 April 2014
Jurassic Park HERE NOW: UK Scientists Successfully Clone Dinosaur from Well-Preserved DNA Fragments
British scientists have announced that they have successfully cloned a dinosaur, according to a spokesman from Liverpool’s Jon Moore University...
They’ve cloned an Aparosaurus by extracting DNA from a well-preserved fossil, then injected it into a fertile ostrich womb. The dinosaur, nicknamed “Spot” is currently being incubated at the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “Ostriches share a lot of genetic traits with dinosaurs,” said Dr. Gerrard Jones, a biology professor at LJMU and the project’s leading scientist.
“Their eggshell microstructures are almost identical to those of the Apatosaurus. That’s why the cloning worked so perfectly.”
Religious groups and animal rights activists aren’t too happy with the accomplishment, however, and they’re claiming that it’s unethical and immoral. PETA President Craig Farmer criticized the scientists for performing potentially life threatening experiments on a new species. “These scientists brought an animal from the Jurassic age back to life – just to watch it suffer!” he said.
Dr. Gemma Sheridan is a chemistry professor at LIMU and says that it’s a milestone for those in the scientific community when it comes to genetic engineering. “I used to think this kind of thing could only happen in the movies,” she said. “But we’re making it happen right here in our lab. It’s astounding.” As of now the cloned dinosaur is in stable condition and scientists will continue to run tests... more details -here-