Think that you know many of these you know extinct species including the end of fall and dinosaurs that at some point in the future we may have that technology I think.
You know even today I know like for instance when you come to my house I have the six-foot brontosaurus bone bone.
That weighs 800 pounds and you know from one of the largest dinosaurs that ever roamed the earth and the first thing everyone asks.
Me is Bob are you going to clone this and I tell them you can’t clone from stone you need living cells or certainly the tissue and as you mentioned once we have the genome we may be able to incorporate that into a living cell now the thing to remember is that it’s a little more complicated than that because there’s.
Two genomes in the cell the mitochondrial genome and that has to.
Talk with the nuclear genome so that presents a bit of a problem because even if you have the DNA for you know the species itself what determined you or the Neanderthal.
Or the dinosaur you still need to figure out how to get that to be able to interact with the eternally transferred genetics so again you know you know you know.
I always say that you’re not going to be seeing dinosaurs in your backyard anytime soon again the Neanderthal tissue as well as the mammoth.
That was unearthed a few years ago I you have to realize that that after repeat years are freezing and thawing that there have been holes poked.
In the animal’s DNA and right now molecular biologists don’t know how to fill going the gap and the same thing applies I think to the Tasmanian tiger which died out in the 1930s in Australia but I think someday we.
Are going to learn how to either sequence the entire genome or to repeat the DNA but again that’s going to be many years off.
Now with the woolly mammoth we’ve actually had several people involved in that project on exploration and they tell me that if you extract DNA from the carcasses of these animals that died thousands of thousands of years ago in Siberia you guess you just get fragments little pieces here and there all over.
The place and it’s pretty hard to make sense out of it however with computers with computers we’re going to get very good at putting pieces together and having the computer put the jigsaw puzzle together so what do you think maybe one day a.
Is called bioinformatics and you think they may be able to piece it together using let’s say a blueprint of an elephant genome I think absolutely I think we have a.
Lot of tricks in our toolbox something known as homologous recombination which will allow us to go in and splice the genes right in precisely we would like them and there are some newer techniques evolving and of course you would require a very.
Powerful computer seeing that I think someone wants compared to shredding up the New York phone directory into.
Little pieces and then having to reassemble it but with the computers.
Know they’re very powerful and we’re discovering new tricks so I think sometime in the future yes that we definitely.