Sunday, January 14, 2007

But What About the Cholesterol?

Scientists in the UK have genetically modified chickens to lay eggs containing the proteins used to make cancer-fighting drugs. The chickens are now in their fifth generation, meaning the original anti-cancer chicken’s great-great-great-granddaughter is still fighting the good fight and laying the good egg in the battle against cancer.

I’ve read a lot of science-fiction stories about societies where technology is biological rather than mechanical, and look forward to the day when a new house can be had simply by planting a seed in the ground, adding water and waiting for your comfortable ten-room gourd to sprout. A cancer treatment dropping out of a chicken’s ass is bound to be an important first step in that direction.

(Having said that, let’s see what stupid advertisements the Googlebots put in the margins of my site here. For two weeks I had nothing but religious-fanatic ads like “God will cure your gout,” and now I’ve got a bunch of links to sites about Parenting. What part of “I’m a childless atheist” do the Googlebots not understand? Maybe if I wrote a few posts about indulging in RED-HOT MONKEY LUST on the decks of the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA while learning how to MAKE MONEY AT HOME after I BEAT A PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST, the bots will post some ads which folks here will actually CARE ABOUT, for Christ’s sake.)

Uh-oh. I said “Christ.” That can’t be good.

Anyway, the BBC article about the cancer-fighting chickens is here. I’m sure that within a day or two there will be a follow-up article about a Luddite group arguing that GM chickens are a threat to humanity. I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy some FREE SOLITAIRE GAMES and QUICK WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAMS guaranteed to make me LOOK TEN YEARS YOUNGER. Maybe chickens can be modified to lay anti-aging oxidants as well?

19 Comments:

Anonymous smartass sob said...

Do you mean to say that even though the eggs may be high in cholesterol, the chicken was a pretty "good egg" anyway?

;-)


ps: I found the ad for the farm blog to be kind of interesting...or rather, I found the blog to be.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I didn't click on the farm blog, but there was a cool ad yesterday for this company that sold old presidential campaign memorabilia, like buttons urging people to vote for Lincoln. I spent a few minutes perusing that site even though it doesn't count if I visit an ad on my own site. It was still cool.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

Uh oh! You must have said something that pissed-off the googlebots; I'm not seeing any ads on your site now.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

Okay, now I'm seeing them again. Something disabled Java Script in my browser is why they disappeared for a bit, I think.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

But I HAVE pissed off the Googlebots, which is why I'm currently seeing "Five tips for raising an indigo child" and "Parenting tips from a black man's perspective."

I'm actually wishing the religious-nut ads would come back.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

I'm actually wishing the religious-nut ads would come back.

No, Jennifer, No, you don't....

4:09 AM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

Lessee...

"Are you a slacker mom?"
"Life on the farm"
"Total union with God"

Somehow the googlebots have missed the true Jennifer IMHO.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

That's exactly my point, Moose. Where are the ads for "impeach the president" and "buy cool science-fiction stuff" and "hooray for rationalism" and "misanthropes got it right"? Nowhere. The Googlebots seem to think I'm trying to appeal to religious-fanatic farming stay-at-home Moms who want to start their own blogs but have no idea how to do so.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous NoStar said...

Advertising is meant to drum up new business as well as keep the old. So, Feral Genius is a good place for the religion peddlers to ply their trade.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous A moose said...

That's exactly my point, Moose. Where are the ads for "impeach the president" and "buy cool science-fiction stuff" and "hooray for rationalism" and "misanthropes got it right"? Nowhere.

Of course, since you DID sell your soul....perhaps they are giving you a preview of your own private room in hell?

8:48 AM  
Blogger Anne O'Neimaus said...

Incidentally, I think the jury is still out on eggs & cholesterol. Cholesterol is a complex chemical, and it is very doubtful that it makes it through the digestive tract intact. So many think that you don't "absorb" cholesterol from high-cholesterol food.

On the other hand, cholesterol IS a fat, and your body naturally turns some percentage of all unneeded fats into cholesterol.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous NoStar said...

Dietary cholesterol is not the cause of high cholesterol levels in the blood. A diet of hard boiled eggs would raise cholesterol levels by 2% tops. However, a diet of eggs fried in bacon fat will spur the liver to create cholesterol and levels in the blood will skyrocket.

Saturated fats and their man made cousins, hydrogenated oils, are the culprits here.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Windypundit said...

Jennifer, maybe this will help. You can try using these tags:

<!-- google_ad_section_start(weight=ignore) -->
Christ on a Cross
<!-- google_ad_section_end -->

This will supposedly tell AdSense to ignore the content between the tags when determining what ads to show. (Read all about it.)

You can also visit your AdSense setup page at Google and add the offending site URLs to your "Competitive Ad Filter" list so Google will suppress them. There's nothing in the Terms and Conditions that says you can't list philosophical competitors.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently it worked. I'm not seeing anything but sites related to "how to start your own blog."

12:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh, goddammit.

SEX sex sex DRUGS pass the bong IMPEACH BUSH Battlestar Galactica FARSCAPE medical marijuana ROCK AND ROLL money money.

Hope that helps.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pff. You made it give a link to a site called "Talking with Teenagers."

2:31 PM  
Anonymous NoStar said...

Talking with Teenagers?

Is that a support group for horny old men with teenage fantasies?

Boy Jen, Do they have your readership pegged!

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Stevo Darkly said...

Do you mean to say that even though the eggs may be high in cholesterol, the chicken was a pretty "good egg" anyway?

Or you could say it was a "terrific lay."

4:28 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

[Or you could say it was a "terrific lay."]

uhhhhhhhhh! (groan) ;-)

4:49 PM  

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