Can Jurassic Park Be Far Behind?

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    [The boys are in there playing. The problem is there is not a 1:1 relationship between gene location and physiologic function. The gene may control one function directly, but may modulate six others indirectly, but, hey, what the Hell, lets just toss it into the pot and see what happens, right? After all, what could go wrong? Just an entire nation disabled with a pandemic of super e coli enteritis.]

    "Using a process called paleo-experimental evolution, Georgia Tech researchers have resurrected a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day Escherichia coli(E. coli) bacteria. This bacterium has now been growing for more than 1,000 generations, giving the scientists a front row seat to observe evolution in action.

    "This is as close as we can get to rewinding and replaying the molecular tape of life," said scientist Betül Kaçar, a NASA astrobiology postdoctoral fellow in Georgia Tech's NASA Center for Ribosomal Origins and Evolution. "The ability to observe an ancient gene in a modern organism as it evolves within a modern cell allows us to see whether the evolutionary trajectory once taken will repeat itself or whether a life will adapt following a different path.""

    Scientists place 500-million-year-old gene in modern organism
     
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    Someone's got a death wish... Don't eat in the Georgia Tech cafeteria..

    Heck -- forget going to Varsity for a burger..

    Seriously -- how do observe evolution when the species is in an isolated sterile environment?
     
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    Great... That's probably the shit that really killed the dinosaurs...
     
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    Good thing they're working on that BEFORE we build Jurassic Park eh?
     

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