Are Scientists Crossing the DNA Line?
~ Amy Lignor
Perhaps it’s because of the ‘thoughts’ behind things like ‘Jurassic World’ or the new TV show called, ‘Humans’ – but the idea that DNA will be collected and ‘stored’ for every being on the planet actually sounds dangerous. Of course…we’re not talking about bringing back ancient beasts or having the ability to clone a person and make a “non-feeling” double. …Right?
Moscow State University was the ‘name’ that landed the largest-ever scientific grant given by Russia for a project that spans through 2018. This project is to collect DNA from every living and extinct creature that will then be stored in a database – the first in the world. Some call this a modern-day take on “Noah’s Ark.” According to the researchers involved, the database will collect and save every creature known to mankind and will, in the end, cost approximately nineteen million dollars to create.
But this is not only going on in Russia. In fact, Britain has their own project when it comes to DNA collection, but they are calling their work, “The Frozen Ark.” They, too, are collecting DNA and cataloging/storing the information in a databank, but only the DNA of endangered species.
The statistics say that the Earth is experiencing the greatest loss of species, creatures, plants, etc., since the dinosaurs were “selected” for extinction. Apparently, despite a great many strong and determined efforts, 30% (and rising) of animals, whether they be on land or in water, will actually go extinct and join the dinosaurs in our history books within the next fifty years unless something far more aggressive is done.
As the human population grows, the destruction of natural habitats grows, and it certainly doesn’t look like human numbers are going to decrease. So for Britain, the “Frozen Ark” (set up in 1996) works to save samples of frozen cells from endangered animals before they go extinct, which means the animal’s characteristics can be kept for all time…and perhaps allow creatures to be restored to the Earth with new breakthroughs in technology.
If looking at Russia’s and Britain’s projects side by side, however, there are some interesting oddities. When it comes to the “Frozen Ark,” zoos, aquariums, museums and more, located in eight countries, have joined the project. And news is constantly given to the public, from the bison to the sea turtle to David Attenborough’s meetings with the President almost every weeks to keep everyone updated on the progress. ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frozen-Ark/173368602678865 ).
With the Russian project, not a great deal of information can be found – only the announcement in 2014 that the grant was landed. People are waiting to hear anything about this huge undertaking that will involve their scientists “cryogenically freezing” cellular matter, which can be reproduced later in the future if it becomes necessary.
Does America have their own “Ark” in the works? As far as the scientific community believes, America has not yet come out with their own databank project. But with Russia and Britain at the forefront of this science…the idea that creatures can be brought back seems to be walking the line between ‘excitement that no species will ever be lost to the Earth’ versus ‘DNA and this type of technology being in the wrong hands.’