Friday, June 03, 2005

Friday Random Ten (3 June 2005)

Gay Drosophila Porn Edition
(this should do wonders for my site's search-ability)

This recent paper in Cell contains the following image:

Those of you who have stared at Drosophila under a microscope will recognize that as a female fly courting another female (HOW UNATURAL!!). I will join my allies on the religious right in condemning such behavior as immoral and wrong. To read what those pinko commies at the NYTimes think about it, click here. They also seem to endorse this disgusting behavior:

The results are certain to prove influential in debates about whether genes or environment determine who we are, how we act and, especially, our sexual orientation, although it is not clear now if there is a similar master sexual gene for humans.

We all know that homosexuality is a disease that can only be cured through worshipping Jesus and donating lots of money to the 700 Club. Apparently this type of immoral behavior has been going on in Drosophila labs for over 4 decades. How gross! And if you thought the lesbians above were disgusting, check out what these guys are doing:

Oh, yeah. Don't call them fruit flies. They may be fruitless, but they sure ain't fruity. This abomination must be cured.

Without further ado, here's today's Random 10:
  1. 311 - Beautiful Disaster
  2. Mike Ness - House of Gold
  3. Don Henley - The Boys of Summer
  4. Outkast - She Lives in My Lap
  5. Tilt - Want To Do
  6. Kid Rock - Cowboy
  7. Descendents - Descendents
  8. Bouncing Souls & Anti-Flag - Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have Fallen in Love With)?
  9. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Don't Cry For Me Argentina
  10. My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay


At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some reason the article in Cell has not gotten the attention it deserves. I teach biology but I'm not a geneticist so I was hoping someone might know if humans have a gene with homology to fruitless.

At 12:31 AM, Blogger RPM said...

From what I know, there is no known homologue to fruitless in humans. There are some mate choice genes in mice that could play a role in homosexuality, but I'm not too familiar with that system.

The Cell paper has been getting an obscene amount of press considering it really doesn't offer anything very new. The fruitless mutation has been around for >40 yrs, and all these researchers did was introduce different splicoforms into males and females. We knew fruitless is a mate choice gene and mutations caused "homosexual behavior." This study only confirmed what was already known.


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