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ANDi glowing fingernails

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

I found this search string in my stats the other day. When strings are so strange, I look them up myself to see what the hell they mean. Of course, I don’t actually get the answer sometimes, but this time, the answer was the first thing listed on the search:

Scientists in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Oregon have created a genetically altered monkey, named ANDi. Its still born twin was born with green fur and fingernails. It hasn’t been proven that ANDi has the jellyfish DNA that its twin had, but it is hopeful. The whole story is here at The Washington Post: they do such a better job at reporting these things than I do. Of course, that was back in January of 2001, so who knows if ANDi is still alive or if it has reached sexual maturation yet so we can discover if the genes were transferred.

I’m third on the Google search because of my glowing fingernail polish during the power outage exactly two months ago. It’s obvious that the person searching wanted to know more about this monkey besides its name and fingernails. It’s obvious that my entry had nothing to do with ANDi because the blurb read, “… door. My glowing fingernails distracted me as I groped blindly for the stall lock, the water faucet and the paper towels. Just last …” My question is: why did they click on my entry? It obviously had nothing to do with what they were looking for.

I get a lot of hits on this entry because it contains the phrase, “They say that the human race is only three meals away from revolution.” This is the first time this entry has been brought up because of a jellyfish DNA’d monkey called ANDi. I didn’t even know ANDi existed before this person hit my site.

On another note, I’m all for research with cloning and genetically altered animals. I want that future that Lois McMaster Bujold writes about in which you can just grow yourself a new heart in a vat. If I could grown myself a new body and transfer my consciousness to it like that Cory Doctorow book, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Rather than keeping myself fit by exercising every single day, I could just transfer to a new, healthy body that is flexible and healthy. It would make things so much easier and harder at the same time.


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