“However, we have no plans to breed dinosaurs,”
As recently published in the journal PLOS, the scientists stated: “Our goal is far from starting an uncontrolled search for aDNA in amber as it was in the past, but to start solving the basic aspects of storing DNA in the resin and from researching modern samples to ancient ones, step by step. We conclude that it is therefore possible to study genomics from organisms incorporated in the resin, even if the time limits remain to be determined “.
In other words, they can now successfully extract genetic material from samples stored in amber, but it is unclear whether the genetic material can actually last for millions of years in that state (as opposed to other fossil remains). This study showed that genetic material can last up to at least six years, but ancient DNA – OK, let’s face it, dinosaur DNA – could actually survive in the fossilized resin for millions of years?
At this time, the answer appears to be no or at least highly unlikely, but these scientists hope to determine how long the genetic material can be stored in future studies using the modern genomic techniques applied in this study.
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“Our experiments show that water in inclusions retains much longer than previously thought. This could also affect the stability of the genetic material. The extraction of functional DNA from amber over several million years is therefore rather unlikely, “said Dr. Solórzano -Kraemer.
But these scientists are so worried about whether or not they could, didn’t they stop to think if they should? Well, the fact that they are trendy for Jurassic Park suggests that they don’t even want raptors to come back to life.