As science advances at a rapid clip, things once thought to be pure fiction become fact almost every day—but there's one classic sci-fi story that we'll never get to realize. Sorry, dino fans, it looks like Jurassic Park can never, ever happen.
A new study published in Nature has found that DNA has a half-life of 521 years, which means we're crap out of luck if we ever hope to find feasible dinosaur DNA today.
But what if it's preserved in amber, you ask? It'd slow the deterioration process, but it'd still be junk within 1.5 million years.
Considering it's been about 65 million years since dinos rules the Earth, we're still screwed.
Or, as University of Sydney Australia evolutionary biologist Simon Ho put it:
"This confirms the widely held suspicion that claims of DNA from dinosaurs and ancient insects trapped in amber are incorrect. We might be able to break the record for the oldest authentic DNA sequence, which currently stands at about half a million years."Hold on to a bit of hope, though. There's still more research coming to determine if these findings hold true in different environments (i.e., caves, permafrost, different soil, etc.).
But all the perfect conditions in the world probably can't buy us an additional 64 million years of viability.