Written by Warren Redlich
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Friday, 1 June 2007

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Dinosaur tastes just like chicken

Scientists at North Carolina State have created more dinosaur tissue in labs. Paleontologist Mary Schweitzer discovered dinosaur collagen in April. Her team found a variety of amino acids and proteins, which were analogous to those found in some modern creatures, including some reptiles and chickens as well.

Schweitzer worked with genetic experts from Harvard and dinosaur hunter John Horner to use their findings to generate other forms of dinosaur tissue. Using labs at NC State, they managed to synthesize muscle and other soft tissue materials.

The team has yet to find any significant practical use for their findings, and the recreation of any living dinosaur is a long way off, said Schweitzer. Horner did say there was some benefit, as the meat "tastes just like chicken."

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