The famous American paleontologist Jack Horner, at one time participated in the work on the film "Jurassic Park", intends to enforce cine script and create a real live dinosaur. According to scientists, there is nothing particularly complicated, and not even have to look prehistoric mosquito landed in pitch, barely drinking a dinosaur blood.
Print the ancient reptile help quite modern creation — the ones that, according to one theory, evolved from dinosaurs. We are talking about birds.
"We take as our starting point the embryo chicken and genetic engineering will make him go back to the past, while not" pull out "dinosaur that lurks within him. Initially, it is not quite a dinosaur, but a creature that has many of its features ", — told the scientist in an interview with ABC. The subsequent "odinozavrivanie" this creature takes, according to Horner, do not have much time — five years, seven.
It is worth noting that in itself the idea of "kurozavra" (or "dinokura" — as you like) is not so new. The first grand statements in the press on this subject were made a few years ago. For example, a colleague from Canada Horner Hans Larsson in 2009 announced work on a similar project, while clarifying that it was inspired by the achievements of the American paleontologist.
But Horner himself on the spot is not sitting. "When I was young, I dreamed of two things. The first — to become a paleontologist. Second — to have their own dinosaur "- has been recognized scientist. In fact, it has become a paleontologist, and learning about dinosaurs, more, more and more enthusiastic about these prehistoric animals and the desire to carry out a second childhood dream all increased. And if you believe yourself Horner, to implement it left nothing.
"Kurozavr" with fangs — is almost a reality
The process of creating a "kurozavra" as presented by Horner seems to be not that difficult. But there are nuances, for example, grow a dinosaur from ancient drop of blood, the same as in the "Jurassic Park", it is impossible. "If you take a piece of amber, inside of which — the mosquito, mosquito and take forth from something, and then kloniruesh, and so many times, you get a room full of mosquitoes. And yet — a whole bunch of trees — Horner joked at the conference TED Science Foundation last year. — So if you need a dinosaur DNA, it is necessary to search for a dinosaur. "
Find it, according to the researcher, it is possible in the descendants of dinosaurs — birds. A chicken among them was chosen as the best-studied species. "We know it by heart genome" — quoted Horner Inopressa. "This is not just genetic modification. We are going to wake up the atavistic genes in the DNA of birds and cause them to reappear — said paleontologist. — First you need to identify the specific genes in the chicken genome and change the levels of certain proteins regulators. In the early stages of the chick embryo develop dinosaur traits: the teeth, paws with three toes. "
By the way, the gene responsible for the presence or absence of teeth, have been found, so at the moment, scientists can theoretically create a chicken with teeth. But it is not a monster — a creature the size of a chicken is quite normal. But a few years later, when the scientists get to this dinosaur, the result of their work is not dangerous. As the scientist said in an interview with Live Science, he wants to pull a small plant-eating dinosaur. "I do take care to my new home little animals ate nor the rest of my pets or myself."