In the science fiction thriller Jurassic Park, scientists clone dinosaurs from ancient DNA in order to make them the main attraction at an amusement park. In this episode of NOVA, a team of researchers sets out to discover whether the technology presented in Jurassic Park actually exists. Their investigation raises another set of questions, related to the ethics of using such technology.
Drawing on interviews with paleontologists and biologists, NOVA explores the feasibility of each step: extracting dinosaur DNA, making a dinosaur cell, hatching an egg, raising baby dinosaurs, designing an appropriate habitat, and creating a stable population. The program ends with a discussion of the ethical implications of using scientific knowledge to regenerate extinct species. Even if cloning dinosaurs is technically feasible, is it morally right?