Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My homework ate the dog

In a February progress report on the genetic-engineering research here at Riddled Laboratories, Another Kiwi informed you of our "new cloning technique involving a super fast Taq polymerase". To be sure, there were still some problems with the system then, such as the tendency for the newly-ribboned body to adopt "invisible box" and "pushing against the wind" street-mime poses.
There turns out to be one drawback with our procedure of training flatworms to wind themselves into an armature to function as feeder cells for the new body to grow on. Or more precisely, a drawback with what we were feeding them on. I don't know what went into that commercial pet-food pie filling but those flatworms have picked up some dubious RNA memories.

Nevertheless, the cloned personalities are winning out over the spurious memories, as shown by the fact that they are spontaneously playing the "chasing-around-the-room-with-a-live-eel" game.

17 comments:

ckc (not kc) said...

...don't knock cloned personalities - I'm very happy with mine!

merc said...

You know they will want more life...

blumburr, you're setting me up aren't you?

ckc (not kc) said...

"Even a man most accustomed to fish does not like to have his neck adorned with an eel."

...tell me about it!

mikey said...

Ahh, yes. Thorne Smith. Much to be learned, not the least of which that cocktails have value in more than simply a social setting.

Allow me to recommend "Rain in the Doorway" as a lifestyle guide.

Now, away with you. There is rum, and scantily clad women on ladders...

Smut Clyde said...

Allow me to recommend "Rain in the Doorway" as a lifestyle guide.

I have followed its advice on many occasions, especially the bit about not buying a stuffed whale on a trailer.

There is rum, and scantily clad women on ladders...

Sometimes I envy mikey's job.

Another Kiwi said...

The experiment seemed to show such an effect, but it was later determined that the original planaria had left chemical tracks inside the maze itself that were not properly cleaned away before the next set of planaria were run
Similarly it turned out that grinding up the former technicians and feeding them to their replacements did not ensure knowledge transfer

ckc (not kc) said...

...grinding up the former technicians and feeding them to their replacements

mmm ... academia

tigris said...

I don't know what went into that [what, strikes not allowed here? Well, then you may consider this a blog comment slowdown]commercial pet-food[/slowdown] pie filling

Slugs. I hear a little dab will do you in.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

mikey, I have mentioned elsewhere that I am out of rum.

Poor planning or just bad luck, but if it helps I do have a couple of ladders....

Substance McGravitas said...

There turns out to be one drawback

Well counted!

Another Kiwi said...

Further to this, I'm just sayin' that people should stop putting the Riddled Taq in their coffee. It doesn't actually make you a sex magnet and it's kind of expensive.
The Old Entomologist Rum Squeezings will, I am reliably informed, have the desired affect and not result in random ejaculations of the type seen when Taq is consumed in large quantities.

fish said...

and not result in random ejaculations of the type seen when Taq is consumed in large quantities.

Feature, not bug.

Smut Clyde said...

Feature, not bug.

Are we talking about AK's eyebrow again?

Another Kiwi said...

also, sex magnets, how do they work?

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

The Michelin Man's looking a bit gaunt.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Eel'l a getcha, in the end.
~

merc said...

Eel is tuna here.

botorm, a stormy end.