Jurassic Park, By Steven Spielberg

1377 WordsApr 25, 20166 Pages
Where do scientists draw the line between utterly science and something that’s meant to be science fiction? Is whether or not to expand or actively engage in an idea that may potentially cause harm to society really in the question? That’s how it appears when it comes to genetic alterations. Steven Spielberg, director of the popular 1990’s movie Jurassic Park, amplifies a “real life” situation with an animated twist. Despite the screenwriters’ ingenious fictional idea with genetically modifying dinosaurs, the movie was rather Hollywoodesque when it came down how they were engineered. The genetic material extracted from the mosquito would never last as long as it did in the movie. DNA begins to decay at death and even in the most ideal conditions there is very little hope in getting even a shred of DNA from fossils over 6.8 billion years old. However, even though this movie was obviously fictional, it still aroused the interest of geneticist’s. They have allowed fiction to creep a little closer to reality by exploring other possible ways paleontologists can revive dinosaur traits; in order to do this they have to use a process called reverse engineering. That’s not the only thing that has allowed scientists to make creating fiction a reality, though. For those who are unaware, genetic engineering is the alteration of a single DNA cell in order to manipulate a living organism to “resurrect” or revamp a species. Biotechnology allows geneticist’s to edit DNA, insert it into an
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