Cloning--a novel idea

Michael Kolotila x3887 mkolotila at NECCADM1.NECC.MASS.EDU
Thu Aug 24 11:52:22 EST 1995

Human blood does contain DNA, it is in the white blood cells.  However, 
the problem to overcome besides degradation of DNA due to time, and 
contamination by handling, is that many genes would be turned off and 
need to be reactivated (Jurassic Park ignores this).  Then again if it is 
fiction, IMHO, needs only to be plausable.  I would suspect that any book 
with a section on forensic use of PCR would have the information.  The 
Scientific American Publication on DNA whose exact title escapes me now, 
had just such a section.  Hopes this helps and doesn't add too much 


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On 24 Aug 1995, Alexander Berezin wrote:

> On 24 Aug 1995, RYTR33 wrote:
> > I am involved in writing a novel that explores the aspect of cloning an
> > individual from preserved blood.  My question is: how long can the DNA in
> > dried blood last if it is protected by a layer of bee's wax inside a metal
> > (silver) cup?  The cup has been buried in the desert of a Middle East
> > country.  Thanks in advance for your time.
> > 
> > Joe Moore
> > 
> > 
> I am not a biologist, but have heard that 
> human blood cells DO NOT contain DNA.
> Suggest you check this first before going
> to Jurassic Park variation.
> Alex Berezin  

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