Jurassic Park: A Reality?

The weekend begins and my mental cleansing also begins…..and as usual there is some of the really cool sciencey stuff to report…….

Remember Jurassic Park…the movie that is…..where some rich dude hired some scientist to extract DNA from bugs frozen in amber and used to bring a bunch of dinosaurs to life……a cool movie…but the sequels pretty much sucked……

There seems to be an effort a foot to bring some prehistoric beasties to life…..

The woolly mammoth may be on the comeback trail, thanks to a deal signed today between prominent Russian and South Korean scientists to collaborate on efforts to clone the extinct prehistoric beast. Vasily Vasiliev, of the North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, forged the pact with controversial cloning expert Hwang Woo-Suk—who you might remember as the guy who faked the cloning of a human egg, the AFP reports. Hwang does have some serious credentials, however; he legitimately produced the world’s first cloned dog, and his efforts on human stem cells accidentally yielded a huge breakthrough in parthenogenesis. Hwang’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation will transfer technology to Vasiliev’s university, which is already working with Japanese researchers on cloning the mammoth. “This will be a really tough job,” one of Hwang’s colleague says, “but we believe it is possible because our institute is good at cloning animals.”

And then will they put together a special place for these beasts to be observed and studied?  Which rich dude will foot the bill?  And this would then be “life imitating art”…….