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R.Wreck
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Posted - 12/10/2004 :  16:13:57  Show Profile Send R.Wreck a Private Message
Scientists have cracked the chicken genetic code.

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The analysis reveals that just 2.5% of the human code can be matched to chicken DNA.

It is an important finding. This small portion contains genes that have been largely preserved over the 310 million years since humans and birds shared a common ancestor.

"We believe that the bits of the genome that are most resilient to change are those that have been most crucial to our survival throughout evolutionary history," said Chris Ponting, from Oxford University, UK, who has been comparing the chicken and human data.

"This 2.5% corresponds to 70 million letters of DNA and among these is where we can look first for mutations linked to human disease. In effect, the chicken genome has helped us condense the human genome to something more manageable."



But can they explain this?

The foundation of morality is to . . . give up pretending to believe that for which there is no evidence, and repeating unintelligible propositions about things beyond the possibliities of knowledge.
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filthy
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Posted - 12/10/2004 :  16:26:16   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message
Twins....


"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

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Dude
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Posted - 12/10/2004 :  18:55:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message
Ok, W has a look that I can imagine myself having if I were in a situation like that.... <don't laugh W, don't laugh. Your on stage infront of hundreds of people.... oh no.. I'm about to piss myself laughing... don't look at the chicken...if I start laughing I won't be able to stop...gah! curse you funny chicken!>


Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson

"god :: the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument." - G. Carlin

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The handmaiden of desperation; the opiate of despair; the illegible signpost on the road to perdition. ~~ da filth
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