Have you read the latest? Apparently, science fiction has stepped into the real world and Jurassic Park is one step closer. At least the flora area of it.
In Moscow, a team of scientists, has done something pretty amazing. They've managed to to resurrect a 30,000 year old plant in a experiment that paves the way for the revival of other species. The plant seeds, Silene Stenophylla, were found in a burrow and according to the scientists, they are fertile.
Scientists say this could be the first step in the reanimating of not just flora but fauna as well. They are now looking for frozen tissue from the squirrels who buried the seeds. And if that works, in the future, maybe they'll try even mammoths!
Now, I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, I always thought the ideas behind the Jurassic Park were awesomely creative. Imagine being able to see dinosaurs and other creatures of the past, now, in the present?
On the other hand...I DID see the movie. And knowing human nature and greed and all that...it might not be such a good idea. After all, who polices the science?
I mean, first it's a pretty little white flower, next, you open your door and find a nasty tempered Velociraptor standing on your stoop. Not the way I want to start my morning.
Would I go visit a version of Jurassic Park? Probably. I mean to be able to see things I've only imagined? To see just how close our scientist's renderings of all the creatures has been to the reality? Talk about cool!
But I think we need to remember what Jeff Goldblum, as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park said, "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."
An excellent point, this. And one that should be thought out before we go any further with this type of research. After all, do you really want to take a swim in your pool and find a Sarcosuchus--Super Croc--waiting for you?
Call me cynical, but I'd rather have a turtle.
See you on Wednesday,
Follow Your Dreams