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The best-selling novel Jurassic Park introduces ancient DNA technology to readers

The best-selling novel Jurassic Park introduces ancient DNA technology to readers

This sci-fi thriller by Michael Crichton, along with Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie Jurassic Park (1993) introduced the public to the idea that extinct life could be resurrected by recovering and cloning ancient DNA. The thought that dinosaurs could be cloned from DNA retrieved from dinosaur-biting insects preserved in amber was contested in 2013. A team of researchers led by Terence Brown at the University of Manchester, UK, found no DNA in insects trapped in modern amber – indicating that previous claims that DNA could be successfully taken from insects fossilized in amber millions of years ago were false. 

Did you know? Jurassic Park was the highest-grossing film at the time of its release and won three Academy Awards in 2006.  Sequels include the Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997); Jurassic Park III (2001); and Jurassic World (2015).

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