Genetically Engineering a Tyrannosaurus Rex

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Genetic science has become one of the hottest fields, making it very popular with the media and futurists. The excitement comes from several directions. Here are a few key influences on modern developments.

  • New fossil discoveries uncover big surprises about the roots of species, especially the human race.
  • Scarcity of food and expanding population cry for genetic solutions, leading to restrictions on so-called “Frankenfoods.”
  • New techniques for DNA manipulation fuel the fires. Elimination of hereditary disease through DNA manipulation is contemplated. Though, fear of the unknown and blossoming ethical arguments work against such solutions.
  • Creation of new life and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence instill much inspiration, accompanied by concerns.

In my book, Adam… Forever, protagonist Adam Boatwright is a geneticist who wants to move in new directions to create life. He would incrementally improve lives by eliminating hereditary disease. To gain acceptance, my hero will mold public opinion. One attention-getter is genetics and dinosaurs.

A news interview helps Adam generate interest in his projects. The writer wants to know whether geneticists could bring back Tyrannosaurus Rex from old bones. Enthused, Adam replies that the task would be difficult, but not impossible. He notes that re-engineering T. Rex DNA from fragments of aged bone marrow would be like recreating The Last Supper from random paint chips swept off the floor beneath the original work of art.

Adam goes on to present a more practical solution to the reporter’s fantasy. He notes that modern birds and dinosaurs have common ancestors. Ancestors to any species might be approximated by a process of “reverse evolution.” That would involve a series of small changes to reproductive DNA, each resulting in a living clone hatched from a modified egg.

Adam noted that much time and lots of resources would be required. He said that in a few generations, scientists could go from a turkey to the ancestral version of all related birds. Further generations could bring the primordial bird, followed by a dozen iterations ending with an approximate bird-dinosaur ancestor. All of that might take a hundred years. Then, continuing with further forward-looking changes and guesswork, geneticists could aim to create a descendant having characteristics ascribed to T. Rex.

He notes that the result would not be a T. Rex, but a phony that just looks and acts like the original.

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Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

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The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.

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All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

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Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

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