Creating life from DNA strands
Name: N Bolinger
Is it possible to create an animal from just DNA strands?
No, it is not currently possible to create an animal just from DNA.
Animal development depends on information found both in its DNA (genes) and
information present in the egg cell prior to fertilization. Some of the information
in the egg cell comes from the mother. Therefore, resurrecting extinct species from
ancient DNA (as in Jurassic Park) is not yet possible. We have a lot to learn about
development before an artificial egg could be engineered. I doubt that we will see
it in our lifetime.
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Update: June 2012