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Bummer of the Day: Science Kills All Hopes for Real Jurassic Park

October 11, 2012  |  1:00pm
Bummer of the Day: Science Kills All Hopes for Real Jurassic Park

As if scientists weren’t already worried about being labeled as “no fun,” they’ve gone and ruined their chances of being cool once and for all. Nature is reporting that researchers in New Zealand have discovered that DNA merely has a half-life of 521 years. Translation, we will never be able to clone dinosaurs. Way to go, science.

While the half-life of DNA is now known, the amount of time it will take for us to get over the impossibility of a real-life Jurassic Park remains unknown. And, before you ask, not even amber can save us. Even after freezing, DNA will remain unreadable after 1.5 million years.

The last dinosaurs died 65 million years ago, and now our hopes of one day letting them terrorize us have been laid to rest beside them.

Thanks for nothing, science. And, if you don’t mind me asking, how is that cancer cure coming along? (via Gizmodo)

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