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Dinosaur DNA could help to cure diseases


Posted on Tuesday, 8 July, 2014 | Comment icon 24 comments

Dinosaurs were extremely tough and resilient to injury. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 David Monniaux
Scientists have found evidence that dinosaurs were able to recover from serious injuries and illnesses.
Dinosaurs could be the key to treating many modern day ailments in humans according to a new study conducted by researchers at Manchester University.

Professor Phil Manning and his team examined the fossil remains of a gorgosaurus, a 26ft tall predatory dinosaur that lived 72 million years ago and that was believed to have been an ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex.

The specimen appeared to have suffered a number of significant injuries including a compound fracture on its right leg, a broken and infected bone on its left leg and a broken tail.

Despite the severity of its wounds however the dinosaur seemed to have survived for several months and each of the breaks showed clear signs of healing.

The findings suggest that studying a dinosaur's DNA and antibodies could provide significant medical breakthroughs pertaining to everything from treating infections to curing cancer.

Source: IB Times | Comments (24)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 9 July, 2014, 0:18
Technically they have found Rex DNA inside a leg bone. It was not fossilized all the way through.
Comment icon #16 Posted by shrooma on 9 July, 2014, 0:24
. and this would be usable would it...? .
Comment icon #17 Posted by 6.6.6 on 9 July, 2014, 8:17
Im I not correct in saying to oldest uncorrupted DNA was a little over 800,000 years old? And im pretty sure they were taken from ice cores, which would aid the longevity considerably! A far cry from 65million years plus!!!
Comment icon #18 Posted by freetoroam on 9 July, 2014, 18:42
Jeeeze, not sure if I would want to live for 800,000 years. My DNA has a sell by date at around 92 years, give or take a decade either way, and thats well enough longivity for me.
Comment icon #19 Posted by 6.6.6 on 9 July, 2014, 19:05
You never know! The secret of infinite misery may be found before your DNA has a chance to ht its expiry date!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Mr. ET on 9 July, 2014, 21:49
I wonder if there is anyway possible they could find good enough DNA to clone a dinosaur? I gotta admit I don't know much about that type of thing.
Comment icon #21 Posted by 6.6.6 on 9 July, 2014, 22:12
Its highly doubtful mr ET, DNA has a fairly limited life expectancy, its not known to survive the fossilation process, im led to believe there was a fossilised bone found from a possible Tyrannosaur with slightly less fossilised soft tissue inside, but it was still far to decade too be of any significant use! its abit like taking a bucket of sand, melting it into glass and then asking somebody to try and count the grains! But who knows what lies under the polar ice caps! Anything in frozen ground may well be better preserved!
Comment icon #22 Posted by Whatsinausername on 10 July, 2014, 5:15
If the Amazing Spiderman is anything to go by, this could go horribly wrong
Comment icon #23 Posted by SameerPrehistorica on 13 July, 2014, 13:01
Many different fictional stories about prehistoric stuff...
Comment icon #24 Posted by bobb73 on 30 July, 2014, 14:09
Perhaps some West Indian lilac will help


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