For scientific research reasons, I have extracted DNA and RNA from a variety of creatures.
That being said:
I love the theories behind the Jurassic Park movies and the concepts of DNA extraction and dinosaur creation.
I really like the ideas of the drones somehow shooting darts at the dinosaurs and somehow collecting DNA from it. I understand how the game is fun and it has various hybrid ladders that you need to fill out to get better, and how rarity plays a part in interaction and the slow build.
I also understand I have to suspend some disbelief to enjoy the concepts.
I still find myself asking. “How exactly does that DNA collection work?”
Normally you use a tissue or fluid sample and extract DNA from an animal sample through a multi-step process. It involves lysising the sample, binding the DNA from the sample, washing and purifying the DNA, and eluting it.
Later the DNA is stored, preferably at a cold temperature. In many cases, you would amplify the DNA later with PCR.
So how does this darting work?
“Do the darts hit the animal, fall off, and have GPS tracking which allows the darts to be picked up quickly later?”
Assuming that is the case, what are these darts made out of?
Do they have a syringe impact system with special penetrating core needles that collect fluid, bone, and or tissue through a form of biopsy?
When and where is the DNA extracted and purified?
Also certain body parts and fluids tend to be very easy to get DNA from and some are very troublesome to extract DNA from. In particular, the skull and tail would be very hard spots to collect DNA from, due to bone density, and how hard it is to extract DNA from bone. When bone is involved it requires some grinding of the sample down into powder so something can be extracted, usually with low results.
All this leads me to ask," why does the game have me aiming for the skull and tail, when the body shots would give the best DNA extraction results?"