|"We're working on them, but first we're looking into a|
cure for erectile dysfunction in men over 70."
|"I don't care what you do with it, just,|
just science something, would you?."
Dinosaurs, as that stupid kid in Jurassic Park kept harping on every five minutes, didn't so much disappear as they did evolve into modern birds which is both fascinating and a massive trade-down for dinosaurs.
|Dinosaurs learned the hard way that evolution is kind of a dick.|
|Beaks: the enigma that has |
puzzled ones of humans.
"Whenever you examine an important evolutionary transformation, you want to learn the underlying mechanism."
-Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, lead researcher
and foremost authority in the field of beak-research
|Like what's up with|
Ok, but do we need an answer badly enough to warrant not only the expense, but the questionable ethics of breeding chicken monsters? I don't mean to sound like some anti-science nutbag. In fact, I'm all for sciencing the shit out of the mysteries of nature, but Bhullar and his team now have a batch of genetic horror shows and the answer to a question I'm not sure anyone was really asking. The experiment did shed some light on a cluster of genes related to beak development, and that's super, but aren't there more pressing questions science could be answering?
I mean, what was the point of all this? Even Evolution: The International Journal of Organic Evolution, the journal that's publishing the study, isn't entirely sure. One of the abstract tags, in fact, the first tag, is 'Novelty.' Again, I love science but funding strikes me as kind of a limited thing, so really, where are we on cancer?
|'Novelty' is just the peer reviewers way of saying|
'just 'cause they wanted to see what would happen.'