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Thursday, September 15, 2005


In the spirit of Jellyfish Fridays, I'd like to draw your attention to a totally usefully scientific breakthrough made by geneticists in China. In a discovery that will surely benefit all mankind for generations to come, they've managed to make mice glow in the dark by messing with their genes. Glow in the dark. As in the stars (still) stuck on the ceiling above your bed. As in the hearts on your/your boyfriend's boxer shorts. As in those glow sticks you would twirl around with delight during many an ecstasy-induced trip at raves in warehouses when you were 5-10 years younger than you are now. I'm sure that'll come in handy when you're looking for your pet mouse during a blackout. Of course I'm just talking shit about this being useless as this discovery "may be a harbinger of a technology that could speed cancer research and even allow scientists to cure sickness by directly editing the DNA code of people with genetic illnesses." I guess that's pretty useful. Now I know all my astute readers are saying to themselves "she started this post with 'in the spirit of Jellyfish Fridays', but this has nothing to do with jellyfish. I feel so cheated. I'm never reading this blog again." And to you I say the relation is that the mice are able to glow be cause the gene they've received has come from a bioluminescent jellyfish! And also, get a life.

Like a glow stick. Only it's a mouse.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I could do that jellyfish bioengineering stuff to my feet, I would, becuae I'd be able to see where they were going in the dark, and wouldn't trip over them so much. And I'm sure it would help with finding stuff down at the bottom of the bed, under the blankets. Never mind cancer cures, this has purely practical implications.

9:15 AM  

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