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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Jurassic Park, here we come

From today's NY Times (pathetic registration required, sorry) :
"Tissue preservation to this extent has not been noted before in dinosaurs," the team leader, Dr. Mary H. Schweitzer of North Carolina State University, said in a teleconference on Tuesday. The scientists said that an examination with a scanning electron microscope showed the dinosaur blood vessels to be "virtually indistinguishable" from those recovered from ostrich bones. The ostrich is today's largest bird, and many paleontologists think birds are living descendants of some dinosaurs. Dr. Schweitzer and other scientists not connected with the research cautioned that further analysis of the specimens was required before they could be sure the tissues had indeed survived unaltered. They said the extraction of DNA for studies of dinosaur genetics and cloning experiments was only a long shot. But in a separate article in Science, Dr. Lawrence Witmer, a paleontologist at Ohio University who had no part in the research, said: "If we have tissues that are not fossilized, then we can potentially extract DNA. It's very exciting."
This is how it started, folks. I don't want to be the one who ends up dead in an outhouse......


At Thursday, March 24, 2005 7:30:00 PM, Blogger Ith said...

Just don't take any mysterious trips with rich guys!

At Thursday, March 24, 2005 10:22:00 PM, Anonymous triticale said...

Remember, objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

At Friday, March 25, 2005 12:27:00 PM, Blogger A Red Mind in a Blue State said...

Maybe we can head off disaster by getting assurances that they won't screw around with T-Rex's and raptors.

Or those things that spit acid.


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