Saturday, May 10, 2008
A "Wacky Creature"
Sometimes I call Smunch a wacky creature, but what the headline really refers to is an article than ran in the Washington Post the other day about this critter and its newly sequenced genome. It turns out, this little animal, found in certain areas of Australia, has some really crazy genes. It lays eggs, produces milk, has venom(!) It's got reptilian genes, bird genes, mammal genes and 10 chromosomes carrying genes that determine gender. Geez. It must be confused!When this story ran in our local paper on Thursday, I showed the photo to the kids and asked them what it was. Neither of them knew, so we had a little educational moment. Despite that, this morning Smunch claimed that this is a QUACKAPOTOMUS! And so it is.