Genetics 101


Darwin would be proud.


25 Responses to “Genetics 101”

  1. Res Publica Says:




  2. madamerouge Says:

    I look like a pink marshmallow chick when I’ve had too much sun.

  3. The Uncanny Canadian Says:

    That comes disturbingly close to what I do on a daily basis.

  4. Adorable Girlfriend Says:

    Except you kill innocent female mice and their innocent babies. MURDER!

  5. Res Publica Says:

    Awesome! Do you eat them? Knowing you, you probably do. You don’t TELL people that you do, but you do nevertheless.

  6. The Uncanny Canadian Says:

    No, I draw the line at eating experimental remnants. This was no easy task when I used to work on chick embryology and there would be a giant bucket of beat eggs next to me. I kept thinking massive omelette after every experiment. Most people lost their appetites for eggs. No me. There is a great story of the legendary Jewish neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini (who won the Nobel prize for her discovery of Nerve Growth Factor) basically surviving World War II by eating these egg remnants while still doing experiments throughout. I admire that kind of spirit. It’s like having your experiment and eating it too.

  7. Adorable Girlfriend Says:

    Sick MURDER!

  8. Res Publica Says:

    Believe it or not, I knew who Rita Levi-Montalcini was. I did Academic Decathalon in high school, and somehow she was one of the people we had to learn about, even though the theme that year was “The Pacific Rim”. Go figure.

  9. fish Says:

    Not to get all dorky (compared to the enlightened discussion above) but it isn’t natural selection if the hand crushes all colors of Peeps indiscriminately. I bet it felt cool though.

  10. Res Publica Says:

    Maybe it’s not indiscriminate. Maybe the hand selects them on the basis of some less-obvious trait…something behavioral, like “tendency to cluster near The Hand”. Indeed, one might go so far as to postulate that it is in fact this very behavioral characteristic that doomed them before they were even extruded at that Peeps Factory.


  11. The Uncanny Canadian Says:

    It did look like the hand of god was killing indiscriminately. What I couldn’t figure out is where the selective advantage may lie for the Peeps. It would make more sense if the pink Peeps were less squishy or something like that.

  12. Adorable Girlfriend Says:

    Man, Fishstick, you got dorky! You must be a fella like UC, all cerebral and nerdy and ruining it for AG.

    What AG wants to know is who kills the mouse, UC? You murderer.


  13. sirbarrett Says:

    I love Metric.

  14. plover Says:

    Here we see the true nefariousness of UC. He tries to look all innocent with his “oh I’m only 10% evil”, but now we know he fools the people who make the evilness tests by hatching demonic schemes they never dreamed of:

    Grinding up small defenseless animals! On purpose! In a lab! For money! *insert evil cackle here*

    UC might be the most. diabolical. evah! We’d never know. He slips right under the radar.

    Fortunately, we now know his secret weakness, his plaid kryptonite, the surest way to leave him defenselessly sobbing in his mouse guts: cute hedgehog pictures!

  15. Adorable Girlfriend Says:

    Yet again, Plover rocks the house. Plover, depending on your gender and Jexter’s — if the two of you met and married, you would be one serious powerhouse!

  16. almostinfamous Says:

    why would the gender matter? they could move to taxachussets and burn in the same-sex marriage hell that it is, right?

    PS: i’m pissed off that i’m only 52% evil.

  17. The Uncanny Canadian Says:

    Plover, you’re killing me! Those hedgehogs are the cutest things ever! I have to admit a fondness for hedgehogs, partly because I did my PhD next door to the lab that discovered Sonic Hedgehog. No, not Sonic *the* Hedgehog, Sonic Hedgehog, the powerful morphogen homologous to Drosophila Hedgehog.

  18. Adorable Girlfriend Says:

    Look here “Dr.” Privilege, take your little murdering ways and those hedgehogs out of here. We don’t believe in killing baby mice for you to have some job that the tax payers of the US and Canada support. You got 3B! for that kind of shenanigans.

    AIF, we cannot agree more. However, with Bushitler and Mitt the Twit on the rampage, it’s unlikely same sex marriage is going to remain in MA or other states.

  19. Res Publica Says:

    Actually, if by “we” you mean “we here at the Republic of Dogs,” then I regret to inform you that WE DO, in fact, fully and enthusiastically endorse the grinding up of baby mice for science. Hell, grind up babies, if you want! Just keep the new and interesting medications coming, m’kay?

  20. The Uncanny Canadian Says:

    Thanks Res. I’m working on something that will make mango salsa just a little zestier. I’m firing up the baby mouse grinder as we speak …

  21. Adorable Girlfriend Says:

    Res, he doesn’t make medications. His science doesn’t even come close to it. The only thing he does is make the debt go up every day by wasting your and Canadia’s tax dollars. And he slaughters little unpregnant mice because he sucks at science AND medicine! He’s such an emu.

    UC is a murderer. AG is boycotting UC and his killing females and babies ways.

  22. Res Publica Says:

    Wow. That’s…umm…a little harsh.

  23. Adorable Girlfriend Says:

    I know. Can you imagine, Res?! Kills baby mice. B-a-b-y mice.

  24. Res Publica Says:

    I was actually talking about calling your scientist boyfriend a murderer who sucks at science. I grew up in Kansas, we killed mice all the time. They spread disease.

  25. Adorable Girlfriend Says:

    Oh, I knew what you were talking about. I side stepped because said “scientist” does more killing than science. Maybe James Sherley should talk to him.

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