August 31, 2005

Scientists decipher chimp DNA. "It's a huge deal," said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, which provided some support for the project. "We now have the instruction book of our closest relative." (via Wired)
  • This is displeasing to Flying Spaghetti Monster.
  • Perhaps he also touches chimps with his noodly appendage.
  • See, this always strikes me as a bit silly. Okay, yep, you have the code. This is analogous to going to an Egyptian pyramid and seeing millions of undeciphered hieroglyphs on the wall. And so painstakingly, over the course of years, you copy them all to paper perfectly. And then you take your thousands of pages of beautiful hieroglyphs and announce you've made fantastic discoveries about the Egyptians. No, you haven't. You've taken one step toward doing so, sure, but the code means nothing until we know what the glyphs mean.
  • they haven't built any chimp not built any shrimp so there's not a chimp to chomp and the ruckus was a romp despite all the bumpf they ran out of oompf