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Here There Be Dragons 115

Posted by Zonk
from the omg-unicorns dept.
ThisNukes4u writes "The Economist reports that scientists in California are coming closer to creating real-life mythical animals. Basically, they re-create the natural selection process through a computer simulation and then clone the resulting set of DNA in a donor animal." From the article: "Each computer starts with a search image (dragon, unicorn, gryphon, etc), and the genome of the real animal most closely resembling it (a lizard for the dragon, a horse for the unicorn and, most taxingly, the spliced genomes of a lion and an eagle for the gryphon). The virtual genomes of these real animals are then tweaked by random electronic mutations. When they have matured, the virtual adults most closely resembling the targets are picked and cross-bred, while the others are culled."
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  • I Like Pickles!!! (Score:5, Informative)

    by DAldredge (2353) <SlashdotEmail@GMail.Com> on Saturday April 01, 2006 @03:48AM (#15040679) Journal
    I Like Pickles!!!

    Please mod me up to +5!!!!
  • by Durinthal (791855) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @04:10AM (#15040757)
    Actually, I believe the aurinase and haemaurin names come from the word aurum, which is the Latin term for gold.
  • virgins and unicorns (Score:5, Informative)

    by artificialj (873081) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @04:13AM (#15040770)
    You know, only a virgin can catch a unicorn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicorn [wikipedia.org]). Seems fitting that this gets posted on /.
  • by Urgo (28400) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @05:13AM (#15040898) Homepage
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  • by atarione (601740) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @05:27AM (#15040921)
    http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Cottage/3 192/Puffdragon.html [geocities.com] ** Sing along YAY

    PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee, Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal PUFF, and brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff.

    OH PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee, PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,

    Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail Jackie kept a lookout perched on PUFF's gigantic tail, Noble kings and princes would bow whenever they came, Pirate ships would lower their flag when PUFF roared out his name

    OH, PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee, PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,

    A dragon lives forever but not so little boys Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys. One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more And PUFF that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.

    PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee, PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,

    His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain, PUFF no longer went to play along the cherry lane. Without his life-long friend, PUFF could not be brave, So PUFF that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave.

    Oh! PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee, PUFF, the magic dragon lived by the sea And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee



    now i remember why i hate april fool's day so much.... kthnxbye

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