Will we ever be able to clone a dinosaur? © Getty Images

Will we ever be able to clone a dinosaur?

Though the DNA that would be present in an amber-trapped mosquito wouldn't be enough to produce a fully-fledged dinosaur, there are other possibilities.

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Not clone in the sense of producing an animal identical to the original reptiles. The minuscule amount of dinosaur DNA in a mosquito that had drunk dinosaur blood and became trapped in amber would be too degraded to transcribe fully. But it might eventually be possible to synthesise a plausible dinosaur genome from scratch, using computer simulations to reverse evolution. Such an animal could be bred in vitro and brought to life.


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