Our childhood dream/nightmare of "Jurassic Park" becoming a reality could actually happen in our lifetimes, you guys. (And could, y'know, be the end of our lifetimes.)
South Korean scientists believe the extinct woolly mammoth can be brought back to life using the DNA of Buttercup, a well-preserved, 40,000-year-old mammoth found in the Siberian snow last year, according to the Telegraph. In fact, they think it's possible to clone the prehistoric creature "within a generation."
"There are inherent ethical questions we have to address," geneticist
John Hammond Insung Hwang, who works for the biotech firm overseeing the project, told the Telegraph. “That’s why we have to start discussing the implications now.”
The implications, such as how much to charge for ticket prices?!
And if scientists can bring back the mammoth, then what's stopping them from making the leap to dinosaurs? Well, nothing. OK, loads of ethical concerns, biological conundrums, and funding issues could stop them, but still, attempts are already underway.
Paleontologist Jack Horner, who served as an adviser on "Jurassic Park," has spent the past five years trying to create mini-velociraptors by activating ancient DNA found in the reptiles' descendants, chickens.
Yes, there's a mini-velociraptor "chickenosaurus" apparently in development.
Waitttt a minute...does anyone else think it's fishy that all of this news is breaking just as the "Jurassic World" viral site launched? We'd much rather see this story play out in theaters than in real life.