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Sci-fi and Jurassic Park have driven research, scientists say

 The Conversation 15 June 2019

Dinosaurs are back, on the big screen at least, as Jurassic World comes crashing into cinemas with a new dino star - a genetically-engineered hybrid, ominously named Indominus Rex. In the wake of the original 1993 Jurassic Park, scientists were unanimously emphatic that there was no way on earth dinosaurs could ever be resurrected. But according to PhD Candidate Elizabeth Jones, the film franchise, to some extent, did actually drive and develop the science and technology of ancient DNA research. As a knock on effect, questions are also being raised about the possibility of mammoth de-extinction, and the ethics surrounding it. (899 Words) - By Elizabeth Jones by PhD Candidate in Science and Technology Studies at UCL, UK

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New dinosaurs-gone-wild blockbuster, Jurassic World.Credit: Universal Pictures

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New dinosaurs-gone-wild blockbuster, Jurassic World. Credit: Universal Pictures

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Chris Pratt stars in the new dinosaurs-gone-wild blockbuster, Jurassic World, as dino-wrangler Owen Grady. Credit: Universal Pictures

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Chris Pratt stars in the new dinosaurs-gone-wild blockbuster, Jurassic World, as dino-wrangler Owen Grady.Credit: Universal Pictures


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