The GLP is committed to full transparency. Download and review our Annual Report.

Ancient amber encases animals and DNA

| | January 22, 2014

In the 1993 film “Jurassic Park,” miners discover a mosquito entombed in a red-yellow substance, supposedly carrying the DNA of long-extinct dinosaurs, waiting to be revived by modern scientists. It’s a dramatic moment, but as recent events have shown, amber’s real-life exploits are so much more interesting.

This month, a team of researchers in Oregon and Germany released a series of remarkable photographs of a 100-million-year-old flower frozen in the act of sexual reproduction in a piece of amber. This just after scientists released images of an ancient species of cockroach trapped in amber. In 2012, amber gave us a pair of 100-million-year-old spiders locked in combat.

How did these living things become encased in their golden tombs?

Read the full, original story: How amber locks history in its golden tomb

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Click the link above to read the full, original article.
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.

Send this to a friend