ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Let There Be Life! Again? - Russian Scientists Recently Reanimated a 30,000 Year Old Frozen Flower

Updated on March 22, 2012

As it turns out...

Ice has this thing for freezing things... often instantly. And in this instance, that effect from ice just so happened to freeze a 30,000 year old squirrel, who had the misfortune of being frozen right after dinner...

Look out Jurassic Park!

In that little frozen squirrels tummy, just so happened to be a perfectly frozen Silene Stenophylla seeds, perfectly protected by the blossoms of an unopened flower. It was probably the equivalent of spring time, and I bet that poor squirrel was ready to relax after such a delicious find. Oh well, no reason not to make use of that squirrels amazing survival skills, and put those seeds to use.

And that is just what some Russian Scientists decided to do. They took those seeds, 'regenerated' them, a process of taking immature fruits (like plant stem-cells (no pun intended) from the frozen flower pod, dipped them in some nutrient-thick goop, stirred up the mess and waited. In a short matter of time, that goop helped the plant bring itself back to life, forming sustainable roots and a little sprout that soon turned into the interesting and oldest flower on earth (technically).

The news is so amazing, that the bloggersphere is a light with the quotes from tweeters, posters and socializers, who just can't get over how "jurassic park" this whole scenario seems to be. You might be having the same thoughts, once you become aware that near the squirrel who swallowed the flower, were bones from Woolly Mammoths and other prehistoric creatures, whom those same scientists hope to regenerate in similar ways. So it's kind of like a two-fer deal...

Did somebody say exclusive resort stay on a tropical island? I'm down! How about you?

Source

Hmmm...

Now, if you're scientific minded, there's nothing wrong with this picture. If you're a dedicated gardener... this might become a problem. Especially since Silene Stenophylla just so happens to be in the family of Caryophyllaceae which might be the species with beauties like Carnations, but they are also related to dozens of varieties of WEEDS.

Of course, being a medicinal and magickal herb lover, know that not all weeds are 'pests', so I'm as curious to inspect this thirty thousand year old flower as anyone else. Though I do wonder if this new flower might land us with more problems with monsanto, who are probably already planning their offensive game plans for planting these things everywhere and then providing a nifty weed killer to get rid of the problem...

I almost would have preferred if they had 'regenerated' the squirrel instead.

Apparently, this isn't the first time...

Chinese scientists previously regenerated 1,300 year old Lotus Flowers and Isreali scientists have regenerated 2,000 year old Date Palm trees. Which means, it's probably only a matter of time before that empty arctic dessert is home to the big woolly mammoth again.

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • sgbrown profile image

    Sheila Brown 

    6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    This is amazing to me, but a little scary too! What else are they going to try to regenerate? Could Jurassic Park be just around the corner? They may create more problems than they realize. This is very interesting information, thank you for SHARING. Voted up and interesting. Have a great day! :)

  • BizGenGirl profile imageAUTHOR

    CapriCookie 

    6 years ago from Lake Stevens

    To true! I never was too good at remember the "ages". Glad you could come and correct it. Besides, "Pleistocene Park" sounds so much more interesting, lol. You think they might make "mammoth farms" where they could shave them in the right seasons and make woolly coats? =P

    As for resurrecting neanderthals... I don't know that they need to do that... I mean, we already have plenty running around already, lol. =P

  • JKenny profile image

    James Kenny 

    6 years ago from Birmingham, England

    Blimey, what an amazing hub. Forget about Jurassic Park, they'll probably create 'Ice Age Park' or 'Pleistocene Park'. It'd have to be somewhere like Siberia. Imagine if they ever resurrected Neanderthals, that would be something.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)