Sunday, June 04, 2006

Next: cloned jockeys on cloned mules?

What better was to demonstrate a scientific achievement than a sporting event? Two mules cloned from the same champion racer (mule racing? Yes sir!) finished 1st in their respective heats in a recent race in Nevada:
Idaho Gem covered his 350-yard sprint Saturday in 21.817 seconds, winning by 1 1/4 lengths over five rivals. Idaho Star was less than three hundredths of a second faster, finishing in 21.790 seconds to win by a half length over four competitors.

"For both to win first, it is awesome," said Don Jacklin, an Idaho businessman who helped finance the cloning project. "I think it is going to open a lot of eyes as far as cloning. I think the race experience will go a long way to show what cloning can do."

Fixing horse -- well, mule -- races by cloning past champions. Now that's genius!

2 comments:

Jessica Menn said...

Of course, we're all left with the question: Is this a step up or a step down from using steroids?

Steve Erbach said...

Jessica,

Heh! Definitely a step up, I'd say. Soon we'll see former world chess champion, Gary Kasparov, clone himself and sic his alter ego on the unsuspecting chess world again. Or Olga Korbut will clone herself and re-enter the Olympics! The possibilities are limitless!

Steve Erbach
The Town Crank