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No this isn't about the band...or...err...ummm...other topics.

There are hairless female black bears in Florida!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41801-2002Dec26.html

http://asia.cnn.com/2002/US/South/12/11/offbeat.florida.bears.ap/

P.S. All credit for the clever "subject line" goes to the author of the washingtonpost.com article.

[ This Message was edited by: bitmasher on 2002-12-29 00:08 ]

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The bear got into a bad fight with his everyday morning shave. =)!!!

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:smile:, yeah I thought it was pretty wild what the bears looked liked without hair. They look like big rats....

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Looks like it has the manage, foxes get it where I live.

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Weel at least now if I see one like that I wont be as intiminated because hes not as big as I thought! =)

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Now I know how ice-age man felt when he saw his first elephant.

A few months ago somebody developed a featherless chicken. It was the most disturbing anomaly of nature I'd ever seen. To see it, follow this link:

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/news/0502/21chicken.html

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Whoooo that is one ugly bird.

Maybe man shouldn't tinker with nature....

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I read an article the other day that said spider silk is a remarkable material, but you can't farm spiders because they're cannibalistic. So the solution was to genetically engineer goats by splicing in a spider gene. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. The spider gene causes the goats to produce spider silk protein in their milk, which can then be refined to produce spider silk. The figure they'll be in production shortly.

I just don't think I'm ready to see goats swinging from building to building by their udders.

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Yeah goats are a common host for these genes, because pound for pound goats put any other lactating animal to shame. Once you get the gene in the right place it will express itself in the milk like gang busters.

Reliable goat cloning is the big prize for ag/chemical/medical business. Once you create a nanny that has your silk gene spliced in and expressing correctly you can produce mirror images of her, without having to worry about losing the gene (or its placement) during regular reproduction.

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What worries me is when we start crossing, or rather, genecticly modifying aninimal genes with plant genes, which has been done, somehow I feel we are opening a can of worms when we do this. Salmon that grow to full size in 3 months, vegis, that kill insects when they eat it, or cause them to go sterile, who knows what long term, down the road effects all this has in store for the people that consume all this GM stuff.

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I hear you Chechatonga, tinkering with the genome while exceedingly powerful, leaves a lot of questions unanwsered.

New technology and discoveries always seem to produce good and bad sides. Atom splitting is a good example, it produced nuclear weapons, but it also produced reliable nuclear energy, modern radiology (chemotherapy), and an abundance of knowledge that drove advances in other fields (nuclear medicine).

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