Dear Science: Dino DNA

We have received so many amazing questions through our Dear Science campaign, including this one from Scott. Can scientists actually clone a dinosaur from bird DNA? I’m sure by this point we have all seen at least one of the Jurassic Park movies about what the modern world could look like with dinosaurs living once again. …

Decoding Dinosaur Genetics in Jurassic Park:The Science Behind Science Fiction

When I read Jurassic Park for the first time in 8th grade, genetics came alive. Just like the moment in the 1993 film where Dr. Grant and Dr. Satler first saw their fossilized dinosaurs come to life on the island, I saw just how interesting genetics could be. A few years later in my high …

Spilling the T. (rex) on Dinosaur Behavior in Jurassic Park: The Science Behind Science Fiction

While watching my favorite science fiction movies and TV shows, I’m often left with more questions than answers. Can we actually clone ancient animals like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park? Does gamma radiation change our DNA, like the process behind The Hulk’s angry, green transformation? What are the quantum mechanics behind “Pym Particles” and the …