Monday, May 29, 2006

Dinosaur DNA Auction Could Lead To Real Life ‘Jurassic Park’

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you’ve dreamed about starting your own Jurassic Park, a San Francisco-based auction house is giving you a head start.

This Sunday (Jun. 4), the Bonhams and Butterfields auction house is selling off items chock full of the prehistoric DNA that would be needed to clone dinosaurs and woolly mammoths.

One of the items up for auction is a piece of amber worth around $1500 that contains the same type of blood-sucking insects that were used by the fictional scientists in Jurassic Park to clone their dinosaurs.

Also up for bid are skin and hair samples from a mummified woolly mammoth that was recovered from Siberia and is valued at nearly $10,000.

Auction house spokesman Levi Morgan is hoping to pump up interest in the auction by suggesting the dinosaur DNA being sold on Sunday could eventually be used for cloning, but also admits that “it is not known when, if ever, science will succeed in recreating woolly mammoths or other prehistoric creatures.”

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