From the splat file

Oh, and we’re out of that blue stuff in the gallon jug, too:

… [W]e asked the following questions: “When I drive through Pennsylvania in June my windshield gets quite dirty with all these bugs. Yet do I know what they are? How many beetles versus butterflies? Is there a difference between day and night? Is there a difference between Pennsylvania and Connecticut?” So we scraped the windshield, isolated genomic DNA, and subjected it to 454 FLX sequencing. We then uploaded the data into Galaxy and attempted answering these questions. In the end Pennsylvania turned out to be different from Connecticut.

Which displays a level of intellectual curiosity presumably superior to mine: when I made similar trips through the northeastern US, I was asking only “Where did all these effing bugs come from?”

(Seen here, suggested by Syaffolee.)





4 comments

  1. McGehee »

    7 August 2009 · 10:49 am

    In the end Pennsylvania turned out to be different from Connecticut.

    Which news came as a great relief to people in both states.

  2. McGehee »

    7 August 2009 · 10:51 am

    …however, some Pennsylvanians, glancing furtively in the direction of VPOTUS, were disappointed the study hadn’t compared their state’s DNA with that of Delaware.

  3. Dick Stanley »

    8 August 2009 · 4:43 am

    Sounds like you’ve missed the Mayfly infestations on the Southwest Gulf coast.

  4. CGHill »

    8 August 2009 · 11:00 am

    If I head for that part of Texas, I try to go in June. :)

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