Thursday, May 6, 2010

How do I get insect DNA incorporated into my offspring when I can't have sex with insects?

Yep, a recent article in Popular Science suggests that DNA transfer happens between insects and mammals. So that kissing bug above may be affecting the genetic makeup of South America. It really makes me think about how when we're defining a person, there are a lot of microorganisms involved that may be actually a part of the person as we understand it. Freaky stuff, and stuff that can lead to very hippyish thoughts about how we're all in it together and connected and shit. I still want a Delorean Monster Truck though.

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