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]

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  • SF2K01

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Pb

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

    • http://www.theamericanbookofthedead.com Henry

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

  • Pb

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

  • Jin The Ninja

    the amateur paleontologist in me says, “COOOOOOOOOL.”

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

  • Anonymous

    the amateur paleontologist in me says, “COOOOOOOOOL.”

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

  • DeepCough

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

    • http://twitter.com/Mark_Siragusa Mark Siragusa

      you do already

  • DeepCough

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

  • Archon474

    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. 

  • Archon474

    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. 

  • Guest

    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. 

    • Jin The Ninja

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

  • Ronniedobbs

    what could possibly go wrong…..

  • Ronniedobbs

    what could possibly go wrong…..

    • DeepCough

      “Welcome…….to Jurassic Park.”

  • http://www.theamericanbookofthedead.com Henry

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

  • http://twitter.com/Mark_Siragusa Mark Siragusa

    you do already

  • 93_Qing

    So it begins, the greatest dinostorm of our time.

  • 93_Qing

    So it begins, the greatest dinostorm of our time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAPUJHWIYQJWKN7HUCSCVHKVTQ David Meadows

    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.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAPUJHWIYQJWKN7HUCSCVHKVTQ David Meadows

    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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Okarin

    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

  • Okarin

    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

  • wanted

    KILL IT WITH FIIIIRRRRREEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

  • wanted

    KILL IT WITH FIIIIRRRRREEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • dumbsaint

    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.

  • GrapeSodaWhat

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

  • GrapeSodaWhat

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

  • Tio Holtzman

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

  • Tio Holtzman

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • tooCents

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

  • DeepCough

    “Welcome…….to Jurassic Park.”

  • DeepCough

    “Welcome…….to Jurassic Park.”

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    God Creates Dinosaurs
    God Destroys Dinosaurs
    God Creates Man
    Man Destroys God
    Man Creates Dinosaurs

    …?

    Profit!

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    God Creates Dinosaurs
    God Destroys Dinosaurs
    God Creates Man
    Man Destroys God
    Man Creates Dinosaurs

    …?

    Profit!

  • Dmitry

    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.

  • Dmitry

    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.