Sunday, July 3, 2011

So Lint Is Really Alive?

From the post "Our bellybuttons are home to hundreds of undiscovered species,"
The Belly Button Biodiversity project recently began taking DNA samples from people's navels to find out what bacteria is living within. Of the roughly 1,400 bacterial strains discovered thus far, at least 662 of them are completely unknown.
First, I know universities should promote inquiry at all levels and that students and professors should possess an endless curiosity, but does America really need a "Belly Button Biodiversity Project?"  The article makes a case to be made for such a project;
That's a dramatic result, but the researcher say it shouldn't necessarily be considered too surprising. Indeed, they say it's a testament to just how little we actually know about bacterial diversity. Team member Jeri Hulcr says this is the microbial equivalent of European explorers setting eyes on African game for the first time - once you get used to the fact of their existence, they quickly stop seeming all that exotic.
Still, shouldn't university types have access to a creative writing professors who could help them come up with a better name?

For example, one could call this The Fantastic Voyage Meets Star Treks Project.  The Fantastic Voyage crew could shrink down the various Starship Enterprises so it could be inserted into subjects' navels.

The various Star Trek crews could continue to "seek out new life" and boldly go where no one has gone before."

The Trek crews would have to argue about whether Kirk, Picard, Janeway, or Archer should be the lead captain, but it would be entertaining.

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