GeneDupe : Breeding Dragons + more

April 1st, 2006 | Filed under: Humor | 4 Comments »

Each computer starts with a search image (dragon, unicorn, gryphon, etc), and the genome of the real animal most closely resembling it (a lizard for the dragon, a horse for the unicorn and, most taxingly, the spliced genomes of a lion and an eagle for the gryphon). The virtual genomes of these real animals are then tweaked by random electronic mutations. When they have matured, the virtual adults most closely resembling the targets are picked and cross-bred, while the others are culled.

Using this rapid evolutionary process, GeneDupe’s scientists have arrived at genomes for a range of mythological creatures—in a computer, at least. The next stage, on which they are just embarking, is to do it for real.

via The Economist

4 Comments on “GeneDupe : Breeding Dragons + more”

  1. 1 nicolas said at 4:51 am on April 3rd, 2006:

    obviously my favorite April’s fool day story (especially givent which journal published it)!

  2. 2 Michael Swanwick said at 6:15 pm on April 5th, 2006:

    I particularly admired the link to the Real Goldfish article.

  3. 3 joshua said at 12:11 pm on May 4th, 2006:

    this was a joke? man….. i thought it was real

  4. 4 joshua said at 12:12 pm on May 4th, 2006:

    well.. that sux..

    it would be SOOO cool if they DO eventualy breed dragons

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