If you were to make a list of animals you will probably never see in the wild, that list would probably include Tyrannosaurus rex and the dodo, among others. But what if that wasn't the case? Just like in the movie Jurassic Park, there are scientists who use specialized scientific equipment and a fine understanding of genetics to try to answer some of the oldest mysteries we have. Did you know there were real scientists who do that?
There are scientists called paleogeneticists who study the genetic makeup of lifeforms that have long been extinct. From the bacteria that caused the plague deaths in the middle ages to the genetics of ancient humans, paleogeneticists work with tiny fragments of remaining DNA to learn more about organisms from another time.
Becoming a paleogeneticist requires a thorough understanding of biology, archeology, and genetics, among other skills, so becoming one of these specialized scientists takes a significant amount of study. But even though it can be a long process, how cool would it be to be a real life Jurassic Park scientist?
To read more about the neat work being done in this fascinating field of science, click here to visit paleogenetics.com.
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