Saturday, July 10, 2010


Are hybrid crosses between bonobos and humans possible?  According to an NPR story (which is actually a plug for a novel, Lucy by Laurence Gonzales) such a thing might be feasible in the near future and, in fact, has been outlawed in Arizona. This doesn't seem to be part on the online Arizona statutes, yet, but it was part of SB1307, signed into law on May 7, 2010:

B.  A person shall not intentionally or knowingly:
1.  Create or attempt to create a human-animal hybrid.
2.  Transfer or attempt to transfer a human embryo into a nonhuman womb.
3.  Transfer or attempt to transfer a nonhuman embryo into a human womb.
4.  Transport or receive for any purpose a human‑animal hybrid.
...yada yada...

So, that cannot legally be bred (created?) in Arizona.  But once created, perhaps elsewhere, then what?

This brings a whole lot of interesting questions.  Questions familiar to those suggested by slavery and same-sex marriage. 

If a hybrid is a person in California, are they a person in Arizona?  Can they vote?  Can they be bought and sold?

If you cannot tell that a hybrid is a hybrid, how can you know if they are not human?  Especially if they are third generation or later?  A DNA test may not reveal it.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Did nature clean up most of the Exxon Valdez oil spill?

Thanks, Cecil.  I don't care what Rush Limbaugh says, you're my hero.

See here:

... Do oil spills mostly go away on their own? Yes. Does that mean we’re better off leaving them alone? Of course not. Nobody doubts we need to plug leaks and contain spillage, and I’m persuaded bioremediation helps at least sometimes.