The lab in particular is Arhat Abzhanov’s. The scientist is on quite a
mission. Without having to plod through excess jargon, he wants to find
out which genes among bird embryos
are dormant. When he does, he intends to apply the method to curing a
birth defect known as HFM or Hemifacial microsomia. As the name
suggests, it’s a facial anomaly that affect one out of every 4,500
If you’re wondering how this is connected to the title of the post,
keep in mind Dr. Abzhanov is experimenting with birds whose evolutionary
ancestors are reptiles. So if he can alter the bird embryos at the
specific point where they grow beaks, then he can make the birds revert
to their origins. This means the embryos in the egg grow into reptiles.
Of course, as noted in his website, ethical standards demand that the
eggs are never hatched.
Once this complicated process is accomplished, Dr. Abzhanov intends
to do humanity a great service. That is, use the gene altering technique
to restore normal human features on unborn HFM babies.
Unlike the production of innovative technology, what Dr. Abzhanov
intends to do might take a good number of years. Having explained what
he’s up to, please dispel all those Jurassic Park fantasies swimming in