Frontier Former Editor

August 2, 2007

It’s hydra-matic (sorry, Grease was on the tv last night . . . .)

http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/070731_twoheaded_jellyfish.html

Scientists Create 12-Headed Jellyfish

By Charles Q. Choi, Special to LiveScience

posted: 31 July 2007 08:03 pm ET

“Jellyfish with up to a dozen heads have been created in the laboratory by carefully monkeying with a few genes.

The genetic experiments could shed light on how natural colonies of other multi-headed organisms first originated, including some that build coral reefs.

“Researchers targeted so-called Cnox genes, which help control how the bodies of jellyfish are laid out as their embryos develop. These genes are closely related to Hox genes, which play a similar role in humans.”

First of all, why Cnox genes? If they’re jellyfish, why not use the Knox gene>

Second, Samuel Z. Arkoff beat them to the punch more than three decades ago . . .

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