Friday, March 25, 2005
But could he guard Mike Wilkinson?
Scientists Recover Tissue From T. Rex
For more than a century, the study of dinosaurs has been limited to fossilized bones. Now, researchers have recovered 70-million-year-old soft tissue, including what may be blood vessels and cells, from a Tyrannosaurus rex. ...
"We're doing a lot of stuff in the lab right now that looks promising," she said in a telephone interview. But, she said, she does not know yet if scientists will be able to isolate dinosaur DNA from the materials.
It was recovered dinosaur DNA — the blueprint for life — that was featured in the fictional recreation of the ancient animals in the book and film "Jurassic Park." ...
The research was funded by North Carolina State University and grants from N. Myhrvold and the National Science Foundation.
Mike Wilkinson and the Wisconsin Badgers play North Carolina State tonight at about 6:30. It's doubtful that an NC State researcher can locate dino DNA, culture it, hatch, raise, and train a T Rex in time to defend Blue Mound's finest. Although the T Rex would have a distinct size advantage over Wilkinson, I think Wilkinson could still be effective, given his upper body strength. Plus, the T Rex wouldn't be able to dribble.