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Old February 11 2013, 05:33 PM   #11
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Re: Jurassic Park and Genetics

More important than what they replaced the missing DNA with was how they knew what was supposed to go where. DNA isn't exactly an instruction manual on how to build an organism--it just codes for various proteins, and it's the interactions and processes of those proteins that make an organism live or die. Essentially, they'd have to know what proteins are necessary to make the dinosaurs live, and where on their DNA chains the corresponding genes have to be located to work properly.

Once they determined what proteins are needed--and thus what genes--it doesn't really matter what species you get them from.
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