UGA hosts scientist trying to create dinosaur

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 8:07 AM
Last updated 6:21 PM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A scientist who’s trying to create a real, living dinosaur will come to the University of Georgia on Feb. 6 to talk about his project.

Jack Horner, author of “How to Build a Dinosaur” and one of the world’s foremost paleontologists, will talk about how he and other scientists believe they may be able to recreate the extinct creatures. Horner’s lecture, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in Room 102 of UGA’s Miller Learning Center.

Horner and his collaborators believe they may be able to build a dinosaur by slightly modifying the genes of chickens, which are close genetic relatives of dinosaurs.

Horner, a professor at Montana State University, was an adviser for the movie “Jurassic Park” and is well-known for research demonstrating that some dinosaurs cared for their offspring.

Horner is the keynote speaker for this year’s Darwin Days at UGA. The event celebrates the birthday of Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution and adaptation through natural selection formed the basis of modern-day biological science.

In other Darwin Days talks, scientists will discuss how to build cells, and how lice and humans affected each other’s evolution.

“What we try to achieve during Darwin Days is not just to have scientists talking to other scientists, but to have scientists who study evolution share the importance of that work with the public,” said Mark Farmer, professor and chair of biological sciences in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “Evolution does affect each and every one of us — from antibiotic resistant bacteria to understanding how our genes influence who we are — whether we’re scientists studying it or not.”

For more information on Darwin Days at UGA, set for Feb. 6-9, visit the website

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augusta citizen 01/26/12 - 10:50 am
What? Really? Wonder how

What? Really? Wonder how this is being funded? No really I don't, tax dollars I'm sure.

walrus4ever 01/26/12 - 11:11 am
Just what we need. Lets get

Just what we need. Lets get the biggest and meanest and get them hooked on meth. Turn em loose and create a bigger mess that what we have now.

bjphysics 01/26/12 - 02:35 pm
I wonder if the cloned

I wonder if the cloned dinosaur has a saddle at birth.

kiwiinamerica 01/26/12 - 01:08 pm
"Igor.......from vich jar did

"Igor.......from vich jar did you get zee brain?"

seenitB4 01/26/12 - 06:41 pm
I wonder if this means they

I wonder if this means they can re-create cavemen too.....just what we need ...:(

Jobotron2012 01/26/12 - 08:07 pm
A tie for best news I have

A tie for best news I have heard all day, with the other being Newt's pledge to have a moon base by the end of his second term. Maybe we can put SPACE!

Bizkit 01/26/12 - 10:28 pm
I love science, but this

I love science, but this really is anti-evolution-just like cloning the wooly mammoth. These animals ruled the planet for millions of years and then went extinct-thank God because we wouldn't be here. Leave them be. This kind of science should be forbidden-just like cloning a human. Aging researchers believe every person has the right to live a thousand years-so that is there goal. What an evolutionary and ecological disaster-we would have to forbid reproduction. This should be forbidden. Just because we can do something is no reason to do it. What next DoDo birds, passenger pigeons, homo erectus or neanderthals. Part of evolution is extinction events we already mucking with the germ line and gene pool of numerous organisms-without a clue of the ecological, environmental or evolutionary impact. We now have people running around with male mitochondria (usually we always inherit our mitochondria from our mother-and how scientist determined the molecular "Eve") because of a special in vitro fertilization technique. Further in UK where they monitor in vitro fertility they have found an increase incidence of aneuploidy (an example of aneuploidy is Down's syndrome). Science is a process and we blunder our way without thought of any repercussion. Like Dinosaurs may also harbor extinct viruses or disease pathogens, or an end like Jurassic Park. We have lost our way. We now can keep people alive for decades who are brain dead or in a coma-why??? Just because we can. We can clone Hitler or Einstein and they won't be Hitler or Einstein. Monozygotic twins are as different as night and day-forensic scientist can tell which twin commits a crime, each twin may have a genetic tendency for certain cancers or Alzheimers yet one will get it and one won't. The dinosaur return should frighten everyone. We've been here 150-200,000 years and already scientist are worried about our future-dinosaurs ruled the earth for millions of years-bring them back and they will likely do it again.

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