Thursday, December 09, 2004


Chicken deconstructed

According to the LA Times, the International Chicken Genome Sequencing Consortium has analyzed the DNA of a Red Jungle Fowl, a first for a bird.

The Times notes that even though "Consortium members have only just begun to peck at the genome data,"

the fowl has the same number of genes as a human and, perhaps, a comparable sense of smell.

This may explain the constant social interaction among chickens. "Henny, do you smell that awful smell? What do you think it could be?"

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