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A drug that could make you grow sensory whiskers (and penis spines)

Only a few molecules separate you from having sensory whiskers and a penis spine. That’s right – evolution has cheated you out of those whiskers that make your cat a super-sensor and the spines that, well, make your penis super-sensitive. A study published today in Nature reveals that human DNA still bears traces of genes that could, if tinkered with slightly, cause the next generation of Homo sapiens to have new sensory organs. And penis spines. How would that work?

Read more at io9:  Mad Science

Thanks to @chipfoxx for the tip

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6 responses

  1. Shane the Freestyler

    I don’t believe in evolution, but I do think it’s possible to alter ourselves a little to make us something more than human.

    The question is, would others accept it or see it as abomination?

    March 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    • you don’t accept evolution despite them just mentioning gene theory? Well anyways they can only tamper what they find in our genetic code. So sorry, a tail, maybe spines and whiskers, but no wings, antlers, or scales to be found. And as it is now can only be done when the fetus is in the process of developing. Like how they are able to activate the genes that form teeth in chickens, legs in dolphins, or sometimes they are activated on accident during natural development like people who end up grow hair all over their body like their ancestral apes looking like real life wolf men

      March 11, 2011 at 5:51 am

      • Luc McPhail

        I guess a easier way of explaining it would be like dogs. Dogs are argued to be descendants of Wolves (they are even of the same family), so in theory with a little breeding or genetic modification I probably could make my bassets birth a litter of wolves (again, this is theory)

        Do we call wolves a different species other than a dog? by all means no. So perhaps theres a hidden species of the Homo genus, we have Asian, and African, even European and middle eastern SPECIES of Homo, doesnt mean thats all there is. I’d laugh if we found a Canine species of Homo, that’d pretty much would be your anthro wolves.

        That said, Perhaps we stumbled upon blue prints that just were never developed in our species. Many many great games and buildings didnt incorporate what they wanted originally for various reasons. That said, its none the less intriguing. I just wouldnt turn myself to a labrat for it is all =P

        March 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

  2. Remi

    No thanks, keep your Stalking Cat implants off me.

    March 11, 2011 at 2:29 am

  3. I wonder how far buried those genes are? Like how far back do they go? I hope to see the day when our whole genome is mapped out. And who knows maybe even be able to modify it on the fly. Reminds me of that episode of batman beyond involving the splicers.

    March 11, 2011 at 5:54 am

  4. Luc McPhail

    They say that we have one more cromosome than apes/monkeys (or is it 1 less?)

    That, and 0.00001 more volts on my processor takes it form being a epic fast quad core to a fried and useless processor.

    Does that mean my processor once upon a time was something less and magically evolved to being its epic self?

    Or that we evolved from the monkeys?

    This isnt a “god made the universe so shut it” speech. I keep my views to myself.

    But that doesnt mean we should tinker with our workings. Life, the Universe, and Everything as we know it for the most parton the molecular level is in harmony and balanced. By resurfacing these genes and molecules, perhaps we’d disrupt that balance.

    Sure, your children may look like cats and foxes, but may have other unwanted birth defects, or shorter life spans. Furthermore, it just feels absolutely wrong to “play-The-Hand-Of-God” and change us as a species.

    That, and we dont need religious nuts screaming “We’re made in the image of god and you want to change that?!”

    If they make a magic pill to do that, have fun, but I’ll pass it by and say “No Thanks.”

    March 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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