Bugger! I was hoping it would happen

It seems that Jurassic Park will remain just a movie with a bad pinko actor in it.

Ancient dinosaur DNA is unlikely to survive inside the bodies of insects encased in amber according to a new study that will dash the hopes of fans of Jurassic Park that it may be possible to one day resurrect the giant prehistoric reptiles.

The title of the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park series may have just been announced, but already scientists have poured cold water on any hopes that dinosaurs can be resurrected in the way they are in the films. 

Since the first film by Stephen Spielberg was released in 1993, the idea of extracting dinosaur DNA from blood eaten by insects that became entombed in amber 130 million years ago has fascinated the public.

However, a new study by a team of scientists and amber experts has confirmed that such techniques are likely to be impossible.

Using highly sensitive DNA sequencing techniques, researchers at the University of Manchester attempted to extract DNA from insects in subfossilised copal, the harden resin from trees that is a precursor of amber.

The scientists found they were unable to detect any ancient DNA in the samples they examined, which were between 60 to 10,600 years old.

It suggests that in older amber samples that are millions of years old, the chances of being able to extract intact DNA is even slimmer.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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