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Wierd Science essay - Abdul Tubman 6/4/05 Mr. Ferder AP Bio...

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Abdul Tubman 6/4/05 Mr. Ferder AP Bio 7+8 Weird Science There are over a thousand movies in the world that use bad science to portray things that are not of this world, have not been invented yet or things that could work in theory but actually don’t. Some of these movies are believed to be larger than life and the rest are believed to be able to come true someday. Jurassic Park , Young Frankenstein, and The Sixth Sense are among these movies. The movie Jurassic Park was about the cloning of dinosaurs using their DNA that was found in the bellies of insects preserved in tree sap also known as amber. Since the DNA sequence was incomplete for the different dinosaurs, the professors filled in the blanks with amphibian DNA. They would inject this into eggs and the dinosaurs would hatch. There are several problems with this. Dinosaur DNA is hard to recover and even when it is recovered, there is hardly any of it. There are huge gaps in the sequence and to fill them in is almost impossible because we do not know the order and sequence to fill in the gaps. Another problem with this is that amphibian DNA is not closely related to dinosaur DNA. Birds are closer to dinosaurs than that of amphibians but not enough to fully clone a dinosaur. The Sixth Sense , Starring Bruce Willis is another movie where bad science was used to create something that is believed to be impossible or not probable, talking to the dead. Bruce Willis plays the role of Malcolm Crowe, a dead psychologist who does not realize that he is dead and is a ghost. He also happens to be a psychiatric doctor. At the
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beginning of the movie, he is shot by one of his patients whom he had treated ten years ago. His ghost is then still on earth and confused by why his wife does not talk to him and why no one responds to things that he states or does. He is supposedly given an assignment to meet with a child, Cole Sear to help him with his problems. He meets the child and eventually the child realizes that he is dead. In addition, Cole helps Malcolm to
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course BIOL AP 101 taught by Professor Ferder during the Spring '08 term at CUNY City.

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