Thanks to Jurassic Park, we tend to focus on one use for the DNA of extinct creatures — resurrecting them, in full, to live here in the modern age. But it's not necessary to go that far to learn a lot about those animals, and the evolution of life, in general. At the Experimental Podcast, Stephanie Vogt talks about the paleophysiologists who are reconstructing the proteins of extinct animals using fragments of DNA found in long-dead remains. Those proteins, simple as they may seem, hold some amazing stories. For instance, reconstructed haemoglobin from wooly mammoths could someday help doctors get oxygen to the brains of high-risk human surgery patients.

2 Responses to “Resurrecting the dead — one piece at a time”

  1. euansmith says:

    Science if feckin’ awesome.

  2. Greg McCann says:

    I am looking forward to seeing what they are able to do with the T-Rex soft tissue.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/03/0324_050324_trexsofttissue.html

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