Posts Tagged ‘ Jurassic Park ’

Have Scientists Learned How To Re-Create Extinct Species?


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Since the release of Jurassic Park we’ve been asking if de-extinction was possible.  Today however, we’ve come a huge step closer to bringing recently extinct species back to life. Researchers have announced that they’ve grown early-stage embryos of the gastric-brooding frog, a species that has been extinct since 1983.  At a TEDxDeExtinction event, University of New South Wales paleontologist Michael Archer announced the advance by the so-called Lazarus project. The bizarre gastric-brooding frog, the female of which incubated the prejuvenile stages of its offspring in its stomach, disappeared from the wild in 1979 and went extinct a few years later. However, Adelaide frog researcher Mike Tyler froze specimens of the frog prior to its extinction, leaving the door open for the species’ possible resurrection.

Scientists extracted DNA from a frozen frog specimen, and employed somatic-cell nuclear transfer, the same process used to clone still-living animals. The team took eggs from the distantly related great barred frog, deactivated that frog’s DNA with UV light, and inserted the gastric-brooding frog’s DNA into the eggs. The cells inside the eggs began dividing, becoming blastulas. The embryos died after a few days, long before developing into tadpoles, but DNA tests confirmed that they were gastric-brooding frog embryos, and Archer says they have high hopes for seeing this frog up and hopping soon.

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Breeding programs are in place to attempt to bring certain extinct species back through selective breeding, and some selective breeding has been successful, but this is the first time that the embryo of an extinct species has been grown using this technique.  However, lets not forget the Pyrenean ibex was technically the first cloned extinct animal because the clone was born (and unfortunately died) shortly after the species went extinct. The reason that the Lazarus project team is calling their frog the “first,” I believe, is that the DNA from the Pyrenean ibex was extracted from a live specimen, so the process began before the species went extinct.

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A Real Life ‘Jurassic Park’?


Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is looking for a way “to clone a dinosaur from DNA” as part of the park-style area at his new resort in Coolum.  Reports suggest that Palmer has been in “deep discussion” with the team that successfully cloned Dolly the Sheep.  If rumors are correct, Palmer hopes to include the cloned animal in his recently announced $2.5 billion plan to build a resort in Coolum, a beachside town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.  The project is set to include a new airport, a beachfront hotel and retail development, a casino, a monorail, a theme a park, water park, an aviary and an aquarium.  Palmer, one of the richest men in Australia, is building a modern version of the Titanic, planned to be ready to sail in 2016 from London to New York.  The boat will be as similar as possible to the original Titanic in decoration and design but will be built using modern technology.

Re-hashin’ the classics.


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Now, many people know that I enjoy dressing like a gentleman, and doing my thing at the same time.  Recently Empire magazine trotted the globe to deliver 27 of the planet’s biggest stars, recreating iconic performances from two decades in film, for a unique 20th birthday celebration.  All parties involved are in classic poses from their respective films, but dressed to impressed with designer suits (‘cept for Tom Cruise and a few others), which puts a very unique spin on the entire concept.  I’ve thrown a few of my personal favorites onto the blog for your enjoyment.

Minority Report

Silence of the Lambs

Braveheart

The Matrix

The Bourne Trilogy

300

American Psycho

Harry Potter

Shaun of the Dead

Zoolander

Atonement

Seven

Terminator