Jurassic Park is a science fiction film released in 1993 about a billionaire who decides to create a park full of dinosaurs brought back to life thanks to the genius science and genetic manipulation. Everything is secured by the best technologies of the time to ensure the safety of visitors.
Like for many films dating back a few decades, reality catches up to see exceeds fiction. One only needs to watch the film to realize how much current technology exceeds what the film offers. in terms of sensors, IT or defense systems, recreatesThere is nothing utopian in a park such as the film suggests. But what about dinosaurs and genetic engineering?
Sufficient technology and 15 years of research
Neura is an American neurotechnology startup co-founded by Elon Musk. She is developing brain implants allowing a direct neuronal interface. The goal is therefore, initially, to allow paralyzed people to interact with their environment and control, for example, a computer by thought. Ultimately, it would "improve" brain capacity.
On Twitter , Max Hodak states that "we would probably be able to create Jurassic Park if we wanted to." They wouldn't have to be real dinosaurs, but why not? Maybe fifteen years of breeding and engineering to getnew super exotic species ”, before adding that if the conservation of species is extremely important, why not create new ones?
So no question of looking for mosquitoes in amber to recover dinosaur DNA and fill gaps with other species. From anyway, amber does not preserve traces of blood so it would be very complicated but not impossible to recreate the DNA of dinosaurs. Nevertheless, Max Hodak seems convinced that the company would have the necessary technologies to create a species approach and thus create a park which would be strongly similar to that of the film.
From a legal point of view
Is this sci-fi scenario even achievable? From a technical standpoint, Max Hodak seems to be saying yes. Whether such a project would be legal remains to be seen.
Regulations in the field of genetic research are evolving rapidly. Whether for the cloning of animals, prohibited for breeding purposes, but not for scientific reasons, modification of the genome of a given animal or the creation of chimeras, the rules change regularly and differ from country to country.
For example, on October 15, 2019, the National Assembly voted the bioethics bill prohibiting the modification of a human fetus by addition of animal cells, but leaving the field open to the implantation of human cells in an animal embryo. This chimeric embryo can be stored for 14 days and cannot under any circumstances be returned to the uterus of an animal. Au Japan, a similar project has received permission to transfer the embryo to a uterus.
According tothe country therefore, nothing would prevent the company Neura from embarking on the creation of new species to produce them in spectacle.