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Genetically Engineering Sheep for Larger, Stronger Hindquarters 71

baldingbobo writes "Duke and Agriculture department scientists are reporting that they have discovered an elusive, mutated gene that causes certain sheep to have unusually big and muscular bottoms. The discovery is especially exciting, said the researchers, because the unusual gene has evaded all the traditional means of detection for nearly a decade. They've been searching for this advance for nearly a decade.There are photos available as well."
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Genetically Engineering Sheep for Larger, Stronger Hindquarters

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  • Ummm.... Yeah......

    Let's just say it took me a while to realize that there might be an economic motivation behind this research...

  • ...please keep all J-Lo jokes in this thread.

    The Management

  • Baby Got Ba-a-a-a-ack?
  • It took me a while to realize the benefit
    but what im wondering, is if there are any drawbacks.
    namely: possible cancer

    any other ideas?

    • Depending on the actual mechanism of the gene, the sheep most likely would not contract cancer, unless it allowed for CONTINUED muscle growth throughout life. Ordinarily, most mammals are born with a certain number of muscle cells - the number never changes, merely the bulk of each cell. Unrestricted cell division, however, is another word for cancer. Humans could not contract cancer either, merely from eating particularly large muscle groups.
  • Better ban genetically enhanced athletes now before the olympic sprints start looking like a roadrunner cartoon...

  • i had heard once that chickens and turkeys were having trouble breeding because their breasts were getting too big... is this then the same kind of thing?

    sort of like engineering people to be fatter... oh wait, that's a work in progress...


    • IIRC domestic turkeys can't mate - their breasts are too large for them to get their genitalia in contact with each other.

      Yay for artificial insemination and big turkey dinners!
      • > IIRC domestic turkeys can't mate - their breasts are too large for them to get their genitalia in contact with each other.
        > Yay for artificial insemination and big turkey dinners!

        /me adds another entry to "Jobs I Don't Want, No Matter How Bad The Economy Gets", just below " guy".

  • I nominate this article for gratuitous bait of the year.

  • excellent (Score:3, Funny)

    by tps12 ( 105590 ) on Tuesday September 17, 2002 @04:30PM (#4276132) Homepage Journal
    I hope they start distributing this to white girls.
  • Call me when they find the hidden gene that separates homo sapiens from homo billybobiens.
  • Scotsman (Score:1, Redundant)

    by FroMan ( 111520 )

    How does that kilt joke go?

    • <rant>Who the stuff modded this as redundant! I was the first one to make the scotsman comment of any style. You crack puppy.</rant>

  • by ApharmdB ( 572578 ) on Tuesday September 17, 2002 @04:35PM (#4276179)
    Damn it! When will the farmers and sheep realize that the body images presented to them by Hollywood are unrealistic and stop trying to force the sheep to attain some fake "perfection"? Those sheep on the cover of PlayBaa are not realistic and only make up .0001% of the population. *Psychiatrists take note: Body image disorder groups for sheep will be the hot topic in a few years.
  • by Tom7 ( 102298 ) on Tuesday September 17, 2002 @04:39PM (#4276212) Homepage Journal


  • for farmers to have sex with sheep?
  • Ahh, science (Score:2, Insightful)

    by smoondog ( 85133 )
    This is the first story ever where the trolling is virtually indistinguishable from the plethora of +1 Funny kharma whores. 10 points to whomever can come up with a post worthy of +1 Insightful.

  • I wish I could say something insightful, but the peer-reviewed data on this won't be publically available until 5 October (according to the journal where it will be published, Genome Research). Trying to interpret what this actually means from a press release is futile.
  • Q: Why do Scotsmen wear kilts?

    A: Because sheep can hear a zipper from a mile away.

    Q: Why do Englishmen wear pants?

    A: Because goats are deaf.

  • From the article,
    Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Duke University Medical Center discovered a gene called "callipyge," (pronounced cal - ah - PEEJ) meaning "beautiful buttocks" in Greek, because the sheep have large, muscular bottoms with very little fat.
    The Scots are behind this research, aren't they??

    Sorry... so easy... couldn't resist..*guffaw*

  • The article notes that sheep with the gene convert their food into meat 30% more efficiently than normal sheep. Are there any other slashdotters breaking out the mint jelly and dreaming of more & cheaper lamb for their dining pleasure?
  • I heard P Diddy was going to serve Callipyge Cocktails at his next party. RIP Biggie (new meaning there maybe?)
  • by Linux_ho ( 205887 ) on Tuesday September 17, 2002 @05:44PM (#4276787) Homepage
    Monkeys with four asses []
    Woman with two asses []
    And, finally,
    God with two asses []
  • missing genes (Score:3, Insightful)

    by benh57 ( 525452 ) <bhines @ a l u m n i . u c> on Tuesday September 17, 2002 @06:03PM (#4276943) Homepage
    The most interesting part of the article, IMO was down towards the bottom:

    "This is the first time in animals where a mutation has been found that leads to the identification of a new gene, rather than analyzing a known gene to find its mutation," said Jirtle. "As scientists, we are missing many genes and their mutations by using the traditional approach of linkage analysis to locate and analyze candidate genes."

    This new technique could lead to lots of new discoveries, it seems...

  • Does this mean that I too can have an unusually big and muscular bottom?
  • Baby got baaack.
  • Will these genetically engineered frankensheep still be a good lay for lonely farmers, and fraternity pledges? If not, they can still get goats.
  • find it vaguely disturbing that this gene is named after Aphrodite, goddess of sexuality?

  • "I've created a sheep with *three* asses".
  • This is silly, I've known for years that some sheep have bigger rectums than others.
  • Do these genes make my butt look big?

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