BRITISH SCIENTISTS CLONE DINOSAUR
Scientists at Liverpool's John Moore University have successfully cloned
a dinosaur, a spokesman from the university said yesterday. The
dinosaur, a baby Apatosaurus nicknamed “Spot,” is currently being
incubated at the University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
scientists extracted DNA from preserved Apatosaurus fossils, which were
on display at the university’s museum of natural science. Once the DNA
was harvested, scientists injected it into a fertile ostrich womb.
“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.” Those
in the scientific community say the dinosaur cloning – the first ever of
its kind – is a milestone for genetic engineering. “I used to think this
kind of thing could only happen in the movies,” said Dr. Gemma Sheridan,
a LJMU chemistry professor. “But we’re making it happen right here in
our lab. It’s astounding.”
The cloning attracted the attention of a wide
variety of animal rights activists and religious groups. They claim that
animal cloning is unethical and immoral. PETA President Craig Farmer
criticized the scientists for performing potentially life threatening
threats on a new species. “These scientists brought an animal from the
Jurassic age back to life – just to watch it suffer!” he said.
Sheridan doesn’t seem to be bothered by the activists’ quibbling. She
says that the opportunities afforded by dinosaur cloning are endless.
Within ten years, we could repopulate the world with dinosaurs,” she
said. As of press time, the dinosaur is in stable condition. Scientists
plan to run more tests on him today.