Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Franken-eggs 

Here's a story I'm not quite sure is creepy or cool. Actually, I think it's both:

Scientists Turn Fish Sperm Cells into Eggs.

Scientists have tricked male fish cells that were destined to become sperm into switching sex and becoming eggs instead.

The technique could one day be used to quickly produce animals with desired traits, speed up breeding programs and help repopulate dwindling populations of endangered species or creating sushi on demand, the researchers said.


Hmmm, I like the whole repopulation idea. But if this technology ever got applied to mammals (read: humans), I can see a lot of abuse. Could you imagine? You though inbreeding was bad, try breeding with yourself. Also kind of puts a new spin on that whole "men are usuless" arguement. Oh well.

Regardless of what the discovery or invention is, there are two things for certain. Decent people will use it to help improve the world they live in. And some twisted bastards will find a way to exploit it for their own good.

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