Scientists Seek To Turn Chickens Into Mini-Dinosaurs

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Didn’t we learn anything from Jurassic Park? Scientists have created embryo’s with ‘alligator-like snouts’ and are hoping to be able to further ‘undo’ evolution with future trials. The New Zealand Herald reports:

Harvard scientists are hoping to turn chickens into mini-dinosaurs, according to the Daily Mail.

Scientists at the Ivy League university have ‘rewound’ evolution with chicken DNA to create embryos with alligator-like snouts instead of beaks.

By altering the DNA of chicken embryos in the early stage of their development, the team were able to ‘undo’ evolutionary progress and give the creatures snouts which are thought to have been lost in the cretaceous period millions of years ago.

Evolutionary biologist Arkhat Abzhanov developed the chickens with snouts by cutting a square hole in the shell of a chicken egg and dropping in a small gelatinous protein bead, before watching the embryo develop – stifling the development of certain molecules and preventing the birds from growing certain features.

[Continues at New Zealand Herald]

42 Comments on "Scientists Seek To Turn Chickens Into Mini-Dinosaurs"

  1. Anonymous | Aug 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm |

    Excellent, one step closer to putting dino meat on the market!

  2. Excellent, one step closer to putting dino meat on the market!

  3. armies of alligator chickens will exact revenge on their human oppressors.

  4. armies of alligator chickens will exact revenge on their human oppressors.

  5. Anonymous | Aug 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm |

    the amateur paleontologist in me says, “COOOOOOOOOL.”

    the amateur environmentalist says, ” Unethical, and Probably dangerous, perhaps diabolical.”

  6. Jin The Ninja | Aug 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm |

    the amateur paleontologist in me says, “COOOOOOOOOL.”

    the amateur environmentalist says, ” Unethical, and Probably dangerous, perhaps diabolical.”

  7. DeepCough | Aug 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm |

    I better not see any velociraptors in my backyard cause o’ this bullshit.

  8. DeepCough | Aug 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm |

    I better not see any velociraptors in my backyard cause o’ this bullshit.

  9. Archon474 | Aug 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm |

    It’s all perfectly natural.  What could possibly go wrong?   Animal extinction is no longer a problem, let them die out and we will just recreate them all.  We can rebuild them, we have the technology.  We can turn dogs into polar bears, turn trout into dodo birds and turn tapeworms into bees.  Of course humanity is far too wise to ever use this technology on people and create something like animal-human hybrid soldiers. 

  10. Archon474 | Aug 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm |

    It’s all perfectly natural.  What could possibly go wrong?   Animal extinction is no longer a problem, let them die out and we will just recreate them all.  We can rebuild them, we have the technology.  We can turn dogs into polar bears, turn trout into dodo birds and turn tapeworms into bees.  Of course humanity is far too wise to ever use this technology on people and create something like animal-human hybrid soldiers. 

  11. It’s all perfectly natural.  What could possibly go wrong?   Animal extinction is no longer a problem, let them die out and we will just recreate them all.  We can rebuild them, we have the technology.  We can turn dogs into polar bears, turn trout into dodo birds and turn tapeworms into bees.  Of course humanity is far too wise to ever use this technology on people and create something like animal-human hybrid soldiers. 

  12. Ronniedobbs | Aug 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm |

    what could possibly go wrong…..

  13. Ronniedobbs | Aug 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm |

    what could possibly go wrong…..

  14. First entry in the new children’s book: Apocalyptic Alphabet.

  15. So it begins, the greatest dinostorm of our time.

  16. So it begins, the greatest dinostorm of our time.

  17. We saw how this ends already, it was called Jurassic Park.  Cue the epic music and the helicopter flying through a jungle, and vibrating glasses of water.

  18. We saw how this ends already, it was called Jurassic Park.  Cue the epic music and the helicopter flying through a jungle, and vibrating glasses of water.

  19. Anonymous | Aug 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm |

    Transgenic soldiers…sooo coooool. can we get barcode tattoos too?

  20. and p.r. only gives us two choices, it could never happen or no one could ever have known it would have turned out to be such a mess

  21. and p.r. only gives us two choices, it could never happen or no one could ever have known it would have turned out to be such a mess

  22. KILL IT WITH FIIIIRRRRREEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

  23. KILL IT WITH FIIIIRRRRREEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

  24. Anonymous | Aug 23, 2011 at 12:52 am |

    Normally I’d be opposed to animal testing but considering the fate of most chickens in the world, they might as well go out being entirely badass.

  25. dumbsaint | Aug 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm |

    Normally I’d be opposed to animal testing but considering the fate of most chickens in the world, they might as well go out being entirely badass.

  26. GrapeSodaWhat | Aug 23, 2011 at 1:08 am |

    Now my question is… How does it taste deep fried?

  27. GrapeSodaWhat | Aug 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm |

    Now my question is… How does it taste deep fried?

  28. Tio Holtzman | Aug 23, 2011 at 2:55 am |

    Gelatinous protein beads! Coming soon to a uterus near you!

  29. Tio Holtzman | Aug 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm |

    Gelatinous protein beads! Coming soon to a uterus near you!

  30. Anonymous | Aug 23, 2011 at 8:44 am |

    No, science fiction doesn’t help people prevent disaster, it offers previews of today and tomorrows’ human horrors.

  31. No, science fiction doesn’t help people prevent disaster, it offers previews of today and tomorrows’ human horrors.

  32. DeepCough | Aug 23, 2011 at 11:19 am |

    “Welcome…….to Jurassic Park.”

  33. DeepCough | Aug 23, 2011 at 11:19 am |

    “Welcome…….to Jurassic Park.”

  34. God Creates Dinosaurs
    God Destroys Dinosaurs
    God Creates Man
    Man Destroys God
    Man Creates Dinosaurs

    …?

    Profit!

  35. God Creates Dinosaurs
    God Destroys Dinosaurs
    God Creates Man
    Man Destroys God
    Man Creates Dinosaurs

    …?

    Profit!

  36. What is all this fascination with dinosaurs? They are, for the most part, gone. Fucking deal with it and move on to something more important.

  37. What is all this fascination with dinosaurs? They are, for the most part, gone. Fucking deal with it and move on to something more important.

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