March 29th, 2008

eyes

Chimeras

Wikipedia tells us that a chimera is an animal that has two or more different populations of genetically distinct cells that originated in different zygotes. What this means in practice, is a person originally had a twin that, during gestation, fused with them. The remaining twin is then born with both twins' genetic baggage. What does this create? Mothers who are not genetically related to their children and a half-male, half-female AND half-black, half-white baby.

TLC's "I am my own twin" Documentary:




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Khepri

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My boss showed me this at work...

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/03/28/ST2008032804068.html

"The 5-year-old was born with a shriveled left leg that flopped behind her and had to be removed and a legless, partial right paw with two nails she still hates getting clipped. There is an industry of rolling aids for disabled pets. But peanut butter on the end of spoon and tossed gummy bears got Faith up off her chest."

http://www.yourdailymedia.com/media/1144017524/Faith_The_2_Legged_Dog
doctor: donna wish i could be

Burmese python bites off more than it could chew

A burmese python exploded after attempting to eat an alligator.

The professor interviewed in the article "said that there had been four known encounters between the two species in the past. In the other cases, the alligator won or the battle was an apparent draw."

The park rangers, however, are worried that the python may be competing for the top of the food chain with the alligators. The snake, among the six largest species in the world, is often released into the wild when novice reptile enthusiasts realize just how big it actually will be, and is a frequent headache for park rangers and other police officers. They're also usually the species involved in the "I don't have a snake, but one seems to have materialized on my property somehow" stories you hear every now and then.



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