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        12/25/2013, Tevet 22, 5774

      Report on Genetically Engineering Dinosaurs from Birds


      GMA News reports on genetic research of British Biochemist Dr. Alison Woollard “We know that birds are the direct descendants of dinosaurs, as proven by an unbroken line of fossils which tracks the evolution of the lineage from creatures such as the velociraptor or T-Rex through to the birds flying around today,” says Dr Woollard, from the Department of Biochemistry at Oxford University.

      Dr Woollard specifically mentions Archaeopterix – a 150-million year old creature whose name literally means “ancient wing” – as evidence of “the transition between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds.” According to Dr Woollard, it is possible that modern bird DNA contains the genetic instructions for making dinosaurs, albeit “switched off”, explains GMA News.

      “Could we 'rewind’ evolution by switching these genes back on and using them to guide the development of that bird’s offspring, and its offspring’s offspring, backwards?” asks Dr Woollard. GMA News adds the biochemist also said that scientists could essentially “design” the dinosaur genome, based on available knowledge about the evolutionary relationship between the extinct creatures and their winged descendants.