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Science... sort of

May 25, 2011

00:00:00 - Julia Saltz joins the Paleopals Ryan, Patrick, Charlie and Kelly to finally figure out this genetics nonsense. The first part of the conversation focuses, as much as the show ever focuses, on Hox genes. Listen to find out why they're considered the dinosaurs of genetics.

00:24:17 - Rotten fruit isn't all bad. Sometimes Patrick drinks it, even if he admits that it sucks at first. Charlie has an Imperial IPA he wouldn't hesitate to hand to Patrick, which is saying something. Kelly keeps it practical and working class. And Ryan, per usual, keeps it weird, but with the help of Jesse Grove (who just finished his first year of law school, congrats!).

00:29:41 - Being chosen is a wonderful thing. Just ask Hal Jordan. Or ask the Paleopals what they thought of his trailer since they've chosen Green Lantern for this week's Trailer Trash Talk!

00:42:00 - Julia reappears to talk with us about how Fruit Flies fly, which is apparently like swimming. It's a confusing hodgepodge of genetics, mechanics, physics and evolution. You'd think the Paleopals would have had something intelligent to say. Maybe they did. I can't remember. It's late.

00:55:55 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like Hox genes, no one is quite sure where they came from and they're constantly mutating into different things. Kelly brings us a comment from the website about her potential travels to Norway. Charlie reads an iTunes review from SicSemperTryannosaurus (who may or may not be a dinosaur) whose review involves unicorns for some reason. Ryan reads an e-mail sent by Kate from CO about animal welfare in a lab setting based upon our talk of threats to researcher in Episode 77. She suggests the website for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International for those who want to learn more. And Patrick goes international with a Facebook comment from Manuel in Mexico.

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Music for this week's show:

Gene by Gene - Blur

The Fruit That Ate Itself - Modest Mouse

Sink or Swim - Deer Tick

A Certain Shade of Green - Incubus