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Thursday, December 13, 2007

He'll Go Down in Family History

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has a profile at Genebase. He needs to do some work on his pedigree, though.

"Rudolph's DNA "Rangifer tarandus" was sequenced by a group of scientists in 2005 (Genebank AB245426) - this is the real thing," said June Wong, Vice President, Laboratory Operations, Genetrack Biolabs. "Humans are genetically similar to many other creatures on earth, including approximately 85 per cent similarity to reindeer and surprisingly, 61 per cent similarity to the fruit fly."

Experts speculate that Rudolph's DNA holds a genetic marker that makes the likelihood of a shiny nose highly probable. Whether flight is a dominant or recessive gene in reindeer has yet to be determined. [Link]
Note: Just because your grandfather or great-uncle had a red nose does not mean that he was related to Rudolph. It is far more likely that he was a circus clown. A circus clown with a chronic drinking problem.

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