What are Some Biological Issues in Jurassic Park?
The 1993 film Jurassic Park was the world’s highest-grossing film at the time of its release, making over $914 million USD (US dollars) in revenue. The premise of the film is that scientists were able to revive dinosaurs by getting their DNA out of the gut of ancient mosquitoes preserved in amber. The fragments of dinosaur DNA are amplified using PCR (polymerase chain reaction), the gaps are filled in with frog DNA, and the repaired genome is then injected into an ostrich egg and brought to term in an artificial womb. Since the movie was released, curious people have asked, “Could that actually be possible?” Often, when a biologist is asked about the feasibility of Jurassic Park, they get intellectually stuck on one of the numerous scientific inaccuracies in the dinosaur revival scheme, using that as a justification to dismiss the possibility, even in principle or after centuries of scientific progress. Despite these inaccuracies, there is a substantial chance that dinosaur revival cou