March 5, 2009

WE ARE ALL DESIGNISTS NOW:

'Dinochicken' Scheme Puts Evolution in Reverse (Jennifer Viegas, 3/05/09, Discovery News)

Some of the world's leading paleontologists are attempting to recreate a dinosaur -- or something a lot like a dinosaur -- by starting with a chicken embryo and working backward to engineer a "chickenosaurus" or "dinochicken," project leader Jack Horner told Discovery News.

Such "reverse evolution" has been successfully performed in mice and flies, but those studies focused on re-introducing just a few bygone traits. The dinochicken project instead has the goal of bringing back multiple dinosaur characteristics, such as a tail, teeth and forearms, by changing the levels of regulatory proteins that have evolved to suppress these characteristics in birds.


Forgive them, Darwin, they know not what they do to your ideology.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 5, 2009 10:49 AM
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