Monday, January 23, 2006

Ah, Science...

Josh writes:

What would we do without you? Never learn about "flesh-sucking sex fiend" flatworms, for one thing. (Nice headline, by the way.)

The new flatworms are all hermaphrodites, meaning they have both male and female parts. To reproduce they try to stab each other with their genitals. The first to penetrate inserts sperm and then goes on to spar with another flatworm, while the "loser" lays and broods the eggs.

To those who would stifle investigation into the wonders of the Earth, who would stultify the achievements of millennia of inquiry with their appeals to an unquestionable Creator, I say only this: Without biological research, no human being would have cause to proclaim with a straight face and in all seriousness "They squirt digestive juices into them and suck their flesh out." I can only hope that your consciences can fully reconcile the loss of such wonders if the world you campaign for ever came to be.
"They are very evil little animals, which is why they are so fascinating to work with," Dr Johnston said.

God bless you, madam.

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