Suara.com – One of Elon Musk’s partners who is also the founder of Neuralink, Max Hodak, claims he can build Jurassic Park into a reality if “they” want to.
The famous 1993 film tells the story of an amusement park filled with real dinosaurs after extracting the ancient animal’s DNA in resin. Hodak wrote the claim on his Twitter account on April 4.
“We might be able to build a Jurassic Park if we want. It won’t be a genetically native dinosaur, but maybe 15 years of breeding + engineering to get a new super exotic species,” wrote Hodak. Independent, Friday (9/4/2021).
It’s not clear what Hodak meant when he wrote “we”. Neuralink has previously demonstrated chips implanted into the brains of pigs and monkeys, but has made no announcements regarding animal cloning.
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If Hodak refers to geneticists and researchers as a whole, his prospects are more likely, albeit difficult.
Scientists have cloned a number of animals, including wolves, dogs, cats, monkeys and sheep.
Not long ago, scientists succeeded in cloning the black-footed ferret which is on the list of endangered species in the United States, but experts have not succeeded in creating an animal that has become extinct.
“Biodiversity is very valuable, conservation is important and it makes sense. But why do we stop there? Why don’t we deliberately try to generate new diversity?” added Hodak.
The challenge in creating genetically authentic dinosaurs is that soft materials containing DNA are difficult to preserve.
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“We have mosquitoes and biting flies from the time of the dinosaurs and they are preserved in amber. But when the resin preserves something, it tends to preserve the husks, not the soft tissue,” said Dr Susie Maidment, dinosaur researcher at the Natural History Museum.