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Quest for Chickenosaurus!

“Quest for what-a-whatus?”

“Chicken. O. Saurus.”

“And what, pray tell, is that?  Sounds like a bad horror movie, lol!”

“Well, actually…the idea does come from a movie, but real scientists are involved.”

“You can’t be serious.”

“Oh, but I am.  They say that “by flipping certain genetic levers at the appropriate point in a chicken embryo’s development,” they believe they “can instill features that disappeared from birds millions of years ago. They also say they “should be able to regenerate or essentially make the genetic program mimic the way it was at say, 150 million years ago, and grow a longer tail, change its plumage to something a little bit more primitive, have three-clawed fingers, some teeth.” You know…something like Jurassic Park!”

“O_o   Uh…who are ‘they’, exactly?”

They are the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Research Chairs program and National Geographic…specifically though, American paleontologist Jack Horner who, oddly enough, served as technical adviser for the Jurassic Park films.”

“Um…I hate to point out the obvious here…but uh, things went kinda sideways in Jurassic Park…aaaand in Jurassic Park II…aaaaand in Jurassic Park III.”

“That’s fiction!!! LOL!!  And they don’t intend to actually HATCH the embryos yet! What could possibly go wrong?”

“Isn’t that the million dollar question. *smirk*”

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