Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park (1993)

Concept featured in clip: Genetics
Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 6: 0:23:46 - 0:31:38


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Summary of clip: This clip shows how dinosaurs were re-created and brought back to life through the means of DNA extracted from a fossilized mosquito. The scientists developed a means of extracting dinosaur DNA from a mosquito, which had been preserved encased in amber, and filling in the missing genetic links with frog DNA to create dinosaurs.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This movie is a good way for students to visualize genetic engineering. By replacing the missing links of DNA with frog DNA, an extinct dinosaur can come back to life once again.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. If dinosaurs were re-created today, is it possible that they'd survive?

b. If dinosaurs can make a come back again, how do animals ever become extinct? What's stopping scientists from re-creating extinct animals such as the do-do bird to re-introduce back into our society?

c. What are the "missing links" of DNA that are needed to create the dinosaurs?

2. Students can research different dinosaurs and find out about what's known about their lifestyle (food they ate, how they defended themselves from predators, etc) and the evidence or theory of how they became extinct.

3. Students can research the various current uses of genetic engineering and their impact on our society. They can learn how bio-engineering of plants works as well as cloning of animals and how this technology can be adapted to humans. If a species has been dead, is it possible to re-introduce it back into our society? Can we re-create dead humans from the past and will they act the same as they did in the past or will they be affected by the changes in our society over time?