Thursday, April 12, 2007

Michael Crichton's Wet Dream, and a Fat Joke

Long thought to be a biological impossibility, scientists have recovered intact soft tissue from a dinosaur. The immediate benefits of this find are that we can place dinosaurs in the global family tree based on actual genetic material rather than indirect (yet probably pretty accurate) methods such as bone structure.

Already scientists report that the tissues strongly resemble similar tissue in birds, supporting either God's great plan, the devil's clever trickery, or some wacky "theory" about mutations and selection over millions of years, depending on who you ask.

Though the science is young and the technology primitive at present, the long term implications of this discovery spring to mind almost immediately: we are one step closer to determining if the T. Rex tasted like chicken. I bet rogue flavour scientists in Kentucky are already developing an ensemble of herbs and spices for the debut of KFTR.

In other biology news, geneticists have identified a clear link between obesity and genes. This is news? Anyone could have told them there's a correlation between the width of your belly and the size of your jeans!

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