Japanese scientists have been extremely busy lately. Their work with mice has paid off big time. They have found that whole mice that have been frozen for years and years can have their sperm extracted and it is still viable to implant in today’s mice.

The scientists are now looking into the possibility of using sperm from frozen animals to inseminate living relatives. Now, when I say frozen animals, we are talking about giant woolly mammoths, saber tooth tigers and other animals you might be familiar with if you have seen the Jurassic Park movies.

Extinct animals have been discovered frozen in permafrost in Siberia for example. We’re talking about whole animals, not just an arm or a leg.

Our modern-day elephants would be potential candidates for insemination with frozen woolly mammoth sperm.

If this can be accomplished, offspring from frozen extinct animals could possibly be brought back to life. Just think, woolly mammoths could walk the earth again. I’m sure it wouldn’t be too long before they would breed them down to puppy dog size and you could own your own woolly mammoth. I can see families out walking Walker, their mammoth, comparing their long tusks with those of their neighbor’s mammoth.

Kitty cats would not be the cat of choice. No, people would be clamoring for their own saber tooth tigers. These could also be used as drug sniffing cats by the DEA or as adorable pets for the family.

If dinosaur sperm could be found, it could be implanted in Komodo dragons and you would have your own T-Rex. You wouldn’t even have to spend hours thinking of a name. His species has already done that for you. Rex could be used as a guard dino. Who in their right mind would break into a house guarded by T-Rex?

Let’s face it, in the coming years, science is going to blow us away with new findings occurring every day.

A professor at Arizona State said the possibility of bringing back extinct species is an interesting suggestion.

A real Jurassic park may be just around the corner. Somewhere in a lab, some crazy scientist is looking at his test tubes and saying to himself, “what if?”

You don’t have to say “what if?” when you fix this cool dinner for your family. They’ll say this is a winner.

Simply smashing summer salad

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 large head romaine lettuce, outer leaves removed

4 cans hearts of palms, well rinsed

Nonstick cooking spray

1/4 cup blanched, slivered almonds

1/2 cup diced fresh Jicama

1 cup seeded diced tomatoes

1/2 cup trimmed, thinly sliced green onions

Place the chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap and pound them with a mallet to 1/3-inch thickness. Slice each breast in half lengthwise.

In a 9x13 glass pan, mix the juice with the oil and place the chicken into this marinade while you prepare the rest of the ingredients and the dressing. Prepare the romaine by washing, draining and tearing into pieces. Place the rinsed hearts of palm into a bowl of cold water to remove the brine. After the palms have been soaked good, remove, dry off and chill until you are ready to assemble the salad.

Dice the Jicama and tomatoes, slice the green onions and set aside.

Spray the grill with Pam and grill the chicken for about 4 minutes per side. Remove, cool and cut into bite sized pieces.

Put all parts of salad into large bowl and toss. Then add the following dressing:

Tangy lime dressing

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 teaspoon dried Finnes Herbes (available in spice section)

1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley

1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro

1/3 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/3 cup Hellmann’s mayonnaise

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1 tablespoon finely grated Parmigiano-reggiano cheese

Fresh ground pepper to taste

Place the garlic, herbs, parsley and cilantro into a food processor and blend until pulverized. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the buttermilk with the lime juice and mayonnaise until well combined and smooth. Whisk in the garlic/herb mixture, the cream and cheese, blending until smooth. Taste and add more cream if the dressing seems too tangy.

Pour a little at a time over salad until there is a good mixture of salad and dressing. Serve immediately.

If there is dressing left over, put in jar and keep in refrigerator.

All of these new findings started with the lowly mouse and some guy in a lab saying to himself, “what if?”

Janis may be reached at jks4417@aol.com. Columns submitted to The Weatherford Democrat by guest writers reflect the opinions of the writer and in no way reflect the beliefs or opinions of The Weatherford Democrat.

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