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You and the Catfish Genome

catfish-dnaThere are amazing similarities between human genes and the gene structure of other creatures.

But you have something more in common with the catfish than you may have known. Congress wants you to pay to map the catfish genome.

Representative Mike D. Rogers (R-AL) requested $1,250,000 in the agriculture spending bill for fiscal 2010 for research on the catfish genome. As passed by the House, the ag spending bill includes $819,000 for this project.

Is catfish gene research a boondoggle? It might sound like it. The folks at Auburn University’s Catfish Genome Project don’t think so. The question is whether it’s something you should pay for.

Here’s the current vote on Congressman Rogers’ request and, below that, the agriculture spending bill. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article on the earmark and the bill.

Visitor Comments for You and the Catfish Genome RSS 2.0

Lloyd Ross

They just want to keep the money coming in to pay their 6 figure wages. I suggest they go out and get a real job like I did for the last 50+ years.

FRANK A. BUSHEY

MYSELF PERSONALLY, I WOULD RATHER SEE THE CATFISH IN A PAN. AT LEAST YOU KNOW WHERE THE CAT FISH WENT. IF THE ALMIGHTY MEANT FOR THE FISH’S GENES TO BE EXACTLY LIKE MINE OR YOURS , HE WOULD HAVE DONE IT THAT WAY. NO MONEY+NO FISH IS WHAT I SAY.FRANK IT’S A JOKE—RIGHT?

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