Thursday, January 23, 2014

Scientists Kill Really Old Things

I haven't been keeping up with big science stories reported in the popular press for the past few months. 

Only yesterday, I was catching up on unplayed SGU podcasts on my iPod, when I heard about Ming, a mollusk who was killed by scientists in the process of determining his age. He was 507 (plus or minus 2)!

They murdered the oldest (known) animal.

It immediately reminded me of Donald Rusk Currey and Prometheus, who I first heard about on Radiolab.

Yes. They also murdered the oldest (nonclonal) organism.

Why do scientists hate old things so much!?

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