Thursday, March 21, 2013

Quotation Of The Day: Thanksgiving Dinner Is Going To Get Really Weird Edition

Just in time for some lunch conversation--From Time:
The Turducken — a duck stuffed inside a chicken stuffed inside a turkey — is a mythical culinary beast and the dream entree of Thanksgiving obsessives everywhere. And now, science is on its way towards making the Turducken a reality — sort of: a duck has successfully fathered a chicken at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory in Dubai.
Researchers injected a duck’s germ cells — carrying DNA to produce eggs and sperm — into the reproductive organs of a chicken embryo; once the chicken matured, it began to produce the duck’s sperm. Initially looking to genetically modify chicken to produce more fertile hens (the global poultry industry currently maintains some 50 billion chickens), these scientists are now planning to use this technique to allow hens to lay eggs of other birds, including ducks, songbirds, hawks or eagles.
Somehow, this science seems to fall under the "I know we can do it, but just because we can doesn't mean we should" category. I'll leave it to scientists to prove me wrong.

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