Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Those Are Some Tight Genes, Baby

Researchers now say that it should be possible to reconstruct the complete genome of Neanderthal man. Even though no complete DNA strand exists, some scientists say that by using several different samples we can fill in the gaps. If this can be successfully done, it should hopefully settle the longstanding debate over whether Neanderthals simply died off, or if they interbred with modern human and were thus absorbed into our gene pool. It should also establish whether the guys in those Geico commercials are actual cavemen, or simply actors in heavy makeup.

Not to be a spoilsport, but is it really necessary to waste all that time, money, and effort reconstructing 30,000 year old Neanderthal DNA just to see what it looked like? Wouldn't it be easier to just get a blood sample from President Bush?

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