Sunday Reads: Pig and Elephant DNA Just Won’t Splice….

88257fba295284b84612d2250bad7593Good Morning

Things are still the same here in Banjoville. I am still sick as a dawg, and it is even worse because I am exhausted.

So…the post is what it is this morning, mainly links to stories that I have saved over the last few weeks.  Nothing deep or disturbing. ( Unless the images from the children’s books Elephant and Piggie count.)


Title of the post comes from an old South Park episode, like the second or third episode ever.

“Pig and Elephant DNA Just Won’t Splice” is a song that Dr. Alphonse Mephesto and later Chef sings in the Season Oneepisode, “An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig“.


When the boys visit the South Park Genetic Engineering Ranch in an attempt to cross the DNA of Cartman’s pot-bellied pig Fluffyand Kyle’s Elephant, Dr. Mephesto tells them that doing so is impossible, and that pig and elephant DNA just won’t splice. He then mentions that the 1980s pop rock band ‘Loverboy’, (purportedly) wrote a song about it, which he then performs, with his assistant Kevin acting as a dancer.

south-park-s01e05c10-the-morning-after-16x9Later on, the boys tell Chef about their unsuccessful attempt to create a pot-bellied elephant, and Chef also begins to perform the song, but stops halfway upon realizing that a pot-bellied elephant is a good idea, and tells the boys that since genetic engineering is out of the question, the only way to create one is to get the elephant and Fluffy to make “sweet love.”


Da’n Do-A, pig and elephant D-N-A
just won’t splice!

The reason I thought of this song in the first place?

03a6e8ffa3b292a06b0c5120dd0eeba5Woolly Mammoth DNA Inserted into Elephant Cells

The idea of bringing extinct animals back to life continues to reside in the realm of science fiction. But scientists have taken a small step closer to that goal, by inserting the DNA of a woolly mammoth into lab-grown elephant cells.

Harvard geneticist George Church and his colleagues used a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR to insert mammoth genes for small ears, subcutaneous fat, and hair length and color into the DNA of elephant skin cells. The work has not yet been published in a scientific journal, and has yet to be reviewed by peers in the field.

515895472b8c0d3a22d4a8ea6d8719d30Woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) have been extinct for millennia, with the last of the species dying out about 3,600 years ago. But scientists say it may be possible to bring these and other species back from the grave, through a process known as de-extinction. [Photos: 6 Extinct Animals That Could Be Brought Back to Life]

But we won’t be seeing woolly mammoths prancing around anytime soon, “because there is more work to do,” Church told U.K.’s The Times, according to Popular Science. “But we plan to do so,” Church added.

Splicing mammoth DNA into elephant cells is only the first step in a lengthy process, Church said. Next, 79c6c706a353dca9883b824257fe7f0e (1)they need to find a way to turn the hybrid cells into specialized tissues, to see if they produce the right traits. For instance, the researchers need to make sure the mammoth genes produce hair of the right color and texture.

After that, the team plans to grow the hybrid cells in an artificial womb; scientists and animal-rights advocates have deemed it unethical to grow them in a living elephant’s womb.

The best part of this is the next few paragraphs. Go to the link to read the plans for the mammoths after they are bred, I mean spliced.

Other cool news: Costa Rica is now running completely on renewable energy – Quartz

14968d6695a892cf1ffa589fd3478ab2Costa Rica is running without having to burn a single fossil fuel, and it’s been doing so for 75 straight days.

Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica’s hydropower plants alone are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. With a boost from geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the country doesn’t need an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on. Of course, the country has a lot of things going in its favor. Costa Rica is a small nation, has less than 5 million people, doesn’t have much of a manufacturing industry that would require a lot of energy, and is filled with volcanoes and other topographical features that lend themselves to renewable energy.

Sticking with science, and a bit of common fucking sense: Babies at risk from breast milk bought over internet – Health News – Health & Families – The Independent

c675e4f430ab4ccc42b9e5126b7e11c0Some new parents are putting their babies at risk of infection buy buying breast milk over the internet as a “dangerous” new online market emerges, experts have said.

Internet forums where parents can buy and sell breast milk have become increasingly popular in both the USA and more recently the UK.

Breast milk is the healthiest option for a baby’s development, but many mothers choose not to breastfeed and a small number are unable to do so.

Although the scale of online breast milk selling in the UK is not known, forums exist where mothers sell their excess milk for a range of prices such as £1 for a fluid ounce, or £5 for 100ml.

Websites such as offer a forum for mothers to sell or donate their milk, with headings such as “Dairy-free breast milk for sale – Dagenham”.

7f4f28e257d688c86901d6f55e22f9f2Sellers usually add a small profile about themselves with details such as whether they drink alcohol or caffeine, smoke or take drugs. It also features buyers’ listings, with the biggest category by far headed “men wanting milk”.

Other forums for sharing milk include a Facebook group, “Human Milk 4 Human Babies”.

Seriously? I mean who would feed their baby something bought like this? I just….have no words.

2bce963c18a5b3dbd7d8b2eba6964cf7Other links, because I am so sick, and coughing so much I can’t see straight.

More charges possible after mom, stepmom allegedly assault son’s bullies at Cooper Academy | Crime |

So you go from people feeding their babies breast milk they get online, to moms beating up on their kid’s bullies.

05e77135e160795004e3701f487eb3e9I understand and identify with the protective mamas myself….

Neanderthals Wore Eagle Talons As Jewelry 130,000 Years Ago

Hopes of preserving Cherokee language rest with children – North Carolina Ap

How Do You Say ‘Bastard’ in Medieval Latin?

10 Words Every Girl Should Learn

When Vietnamese people say American they always mean white | San Diego Reader

Vincent Price in a Smirnoff ad. |

Vincent Price for Smirnoff, 1955. Photographed for Life by Bert Stern.

Innit that an awesome ad? More info at the link.

Finally: Two elephants save truck from overturning – WNEM TV 5

(Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)

Read the story at the link, there is video too.

Now, have a good day, I am waiting to hear back from doctor. Take care…

This is an open thread.


25 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Pig and Elephant DNA Just Won’t Splice….”

  1. NW Luna says:

    JJ, forget that “sorry” word! Things happen and there’s so much in life we can’t control. You do a wonderful job.

    Gentle hugs to you.

  2. NW Luna says:

    Mayor: No city money will be used for travel to Indiana

    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will prohibit the use of city money for any Seattle city employee to travel on business to the state of Indiana. The mayor cited Seattle “values” in announcing his decision. Murray will deliver an executive order next week.

    Indian Gov. Mike Pence on Friday signed S.B. 101. Alleged to defend “religious liberty,” the legislation makes it easier for businesses in the Hoosier State to deny service or lodging to gay and lesbian couples.

    “Seattle knows that discrimination has no place in our city — that’s just Equality 101,” Murray said in a statement. “Indiana’s S.B. 101 doesn’t reflect the values of our city. Seattle has been a leader in the fight to protect civil rights and ensure the equality of all people, no matter who you are or who you love.”

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Way to go Seattle

    • bostonboomer says:

      Apparently there are nineteen other states that have the same law. They should get the same treatment. I had no idea this had been happening all around the country. It’s sick.

      According to the Chicago Trib: Illinois law on religious objection balanced by discrimination ban

      When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a new state law that allows people and companies to claim a religious objection to doing business with same-sex couples, he pointed to Illinois and Kentucky, saying he was simply bringing the state in line with its neighbors.

      But the Republican governor and possible presidential contender left out an important fact. While Illinois does have a law that gives special protections to religious objectors, it also bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. Indiana, on the other hand, has no such ban.

      That distinction is crucial, legal experts say, because anti-discrimination laws are considered stronger than religious exemptions.

      These laws are all based on a religious freedom bill signed into law by Bill Clinton.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Still, the action in Indiana has revived a debate over whether wedding planners, caterers, photographers or pastry chefs in Illinois who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds can use the law to justify refusing services to same-sex couples.

        It’s an issue that came up in 2013 when Illinois legalized gay marriage and included a narrow exemption for clergy and places of worship but said nothing about businesses that serve the general public.

        Critics of the marriage bill expected a flurry of lawsuits from people claiming violation of their religious liberties. But 10 months after the law took effect, experts on both sides of the issue could not point to a single lawsuit.

  3. ANonOMouse says:

    Mike Pence on ABC This Week

    Is this guy a homophobe or what????

    • bostonboomer says:

      He’s a very far right extremist and an evangelical. He’s scary. At least now his craziness is getting national attention.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I’ve been reading about this particular law for a couple of weeks. It was one of the more egregious RFRA bills yet. Arkansas is working hard to pass a law that is nearly identical to this. The Montana legislature just turned back a ballot measure that is similar to this. 21 States have these laws, but none are as blatant in the intent to openly discriminate against LGBT as the one in Indiana. These bills are now being enacted or amended to shore up existing laws that may fail when/if Marriage Equality becomes law when SCOTUS rules in June. You know nothing says “evil” like 2 women ordering a wedding cake, with 2 brides on top, that says “Sue Loves Sarah”. Oh, the horror!!!!!

        • bostonboomer says:

          OK. Dak told me they were all the same law. A number of cities in Indiana have non-discrimination laws, but apparently there’s no overarching state law. I was shocked to learn that even CT and RI have such a law.

        • NW Luna says:

          I’m proud that Washington state bans discrimination. There was that recent lawsuit over a refusal to serve a customer who wanted wedding flowers — horror, it was for a gay wedding. The bigoted florist lost!

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Pacers and Fever issue statement in reaction to Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    March 28, 2015 – The following joint statement was issued today by the NBA, WNBA, Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever in regard to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act recently signed into law in Indiana:

    “The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect. We will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome at all NBA and WNBA events in Indiana and elsewhere.”

    Additionally, Pacers and Fever owner Herb Simon stated:

    “The Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Bankers Life Fieldhouse have the strongest possible commitment to inclusion and non-discrimination on any basis. Everyone is always welcome at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That has always been the policy from the very beginning of the Simon family’s involvement and it always will be. ”

  5. ANonOMouse says:

    Mike Pence signed the bill behind closed doors. Here is a photo of the people who attended and a few captions noting who in the voting are openly anti-gay.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Whoops, I meant to write “who in the photo are openly anti-gay”. This old mind is wearing out.

    • NW Luna says:

      Gotta be something wrong when a bill is signed behind closed doors. Plus it allows discrimination if you don’t like disabled people, or religion X, or whatever.

      Civil rights for all should be the law of the land.

      • bostonboomer says:

        This article form The Atlantic is very helpful.

        What makes Indiana’s religious freedom law worse than all the others?

        No other state’s law states that for profit corporations may assert the same rights as individuals and churches.

        Of all the state “religious freedom” laws I have read, this new statute hints most strongly that it is there to be used as a means of excluding gays and same-sex couples from accessing employment, housing, and public accommodations on the same terms as other people. True, there is no actual language that says, All businesses wishing to discriminate in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation, please check this “religious objection” box. But, as Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.”

        So—is the fuss over the Indiana law overblown?