Gregor Johann Mendel, Augustinian friar, scientist, and gardener, founds the modern science of genetics using green and yellow peas to prove the existence of invisible “factors” that determine the traits of a plant or animal.
McClintock develops the theory of transposition among other really smart concepts. But nobody listened to her because she was a woman. She received the Nobel Prize for Physiology in 1983, after all the men figured out how smart she was.
A furious bidding war in Hollywood for the film rights is won by Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg. Tech wizard, Barry Goff, loses the bidding war, but quietly obtains Crichton’s vast research database for an undisclosed sum.
Goff purchases 600 acres of land in the Cascade Mountains of Washington, about an hour from Seattle, and builds a laboratory with extensive security, with a mission to push the boundaries of genetics.
Billionaire tech wizard Goff presses Langner, the brilliant but reclusive geneticist, on the viability of a real Jurassic Park. Langner tries to discourage Goff by citing a price tag of $2 billion. Goff is not discouraged.
The modified tomatoes are advertised to ship, taste, and preserve better than natural tomatoes.
Dolly the Sheep is the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell, using nuclear transfer. Scientists name her Dolly after Dolly Parton, because the donor cell was taken from a mammary gland, and the scientists didn’t think it would work so they were unconcerned about naming a cloned sheep after a real human.
Aerie Laboratories, a division of Prometheus Industries, is formed on Vashon Island, Washington, with a mission of advancing a human hybrid concept under the direction of Kenneth Langner. People on Vashon Island welcome the laboratory, convinced it is a front for a marijuana grow operation.
Created as part of The Cloven Project. No information or data is released for peer review.
The billionaire mastermind realizes the first fruits of his investment.
Prometheus Industries discloses losses of more than $1.5 billion. Scientists involved with Aerie Farms decline comment, citing binding non-disclosure agreements.
“We can make memories go away…”
Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier propose CRISPR-Cas9 can be used to target and edit specific DNA. Some in the scientific community speculate their process is refinement of Kenneth Langner’s “Cloven Sequence.” This theory is unverified due to lack of substantive documentation.