How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn't Have to Be Foreverby Jack Horner, James Gorman
"Jurassic Park thrilled millions of people with its fictional story of re-creating dinosaurs by harvesting ancient DNA. Now, over a decade later, Jack Horner and his colleagues in molecular biology labs are poised to create a real dinosaur based on the latest breakthroughs - without using prehistoric DNA." "The project is based on new research in evolutionary… See more details below
"Jurassic Park thrilled millions of people with its fictional story of re-creating dinosaurs by harvesting ancient DNA. Now, over a decade later, Jack Horner and his colleagues in molecular biology labs are poised to create a real dinosaur based on the latest breakthroughs - without using prehistoric DNA." "The project is based on new research in evolutionary developmental biology (or evo-devo) into how a few cells grow to create arms, legs, eyes, and brains all functioning together, and how changes in that growth can drive evolution. Jack Horner takes the science a step further in a plan to "reverse evolution" and reveals the awesome, even frightening power we are now acquiring to re-create the prehistoric past. The mystery ingredient in this recreation is the genetic code for building dinosaurs that lives on in modern birds, even chickens. So how do you build a dinosaur? One way is to start with a simple chicken egg, and biochemically nudge the embryo this way and that until what hatches has a tail, teeth, and forearms instead of wings. Behold: Chickenosaurus." As Horner and scientists around the world pursue the fundamental questions about biology thrown up by this new potential, extremely valuable practical benefits are appearing on the horizon. For instance, the growth of the tail is tied into the growth of the spinal cord, and as we all know, spinal cord birth defects in humans can be a devastating family misfortune. Learning more about what starts and stops tail growth holds open the promise of solutions to some of the most heartbreaking human birth defects.
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Jack Horner is a regents professor of paleontology at Montana State University and the author or coauthor of several books on dinosaurs.
Patrick Lawlor has recorded over three hundred audiobooks in just about every genre. He has been an Audie Award finalist several times and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has won a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, numerous Library Journal and Kirkus starred audio reviews, and multiple Editors' Picks, Top 10, and Year's Best lists.
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