The big news coming out of the scientific community today is that scientists have successfully created macaque monkeys from the DNA of three individual monkeys. Here’s the scientific way of saying that (BTW – the story comes from The Guardian. That’s why the spelling’s all wonky):
The team of scientists from the Oregon National Primate Research Centre in effect swapped the mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) from the macaque monkey mother’s egg for the mDNA of a donor egg. Reconstructed eggs were then fertilised with the father’s sperm and the healthy offspring were born. Tests showed that no mDNA from the mother’s egg had been transferred.
This development could eradicate diseases in future generations of humans. Those jerks get all the cool stuff. Here’s the thing, those monkeys are ugly. They’ve got three separate strands of DNA they’re working with. They couldn’t find one Brad Pitt or Megan Fox gene in the entire bunch? The hair, the eyes, the wrinkles; It looks like Gollum, a tribble, and Willem Dafoe were the three parents.
In a related story, Dafoe most likely wants to beat the crap out of me should we ever meet. So, I’ve got that going for me.