Just in case you were still holding out hope that, one day, science will allow us to use DNA found in dinosaur bones to clone a new specimen, thus turn the events of “Jurassic Park” into a (rather cruel) reality, a new study comes to shatter all such dreams.Cloning of a dinosaur from old DNA is impossible since the DNA has a 521-year half-life, a new study on fossils on New Zealand has established, as Nature reports.
Even if the best conditions are met, DNA can only remain intact for a maximum of 6.8 million years. Dinosaurs, as we all know, go farther back than that.
“This confirms the widely held suspicion that claims of DNA from dinosaurs and ancient insects trapped in amber are incorrect,” Simon Ho, computational evolutionary biologist at the University of Sydney in Australia, says.
This also confirms that “Jurassic Park” will never come to be.
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